Our Mini Family: Jalapeño Mac n Cheese

Jan 23, 2015

Jalapeño Mac n Cheese

Happy Friday!

Today, we're sharing our favorite spin on macaroni and cheese: with a little bit of spicy!

Ever since Adam and I moved to Arizona, we take our food with a little bit more spice than we would in the past. For instance, when we make burgers, we add in sriracha; and when we order Thai food we like it "Thai hot." Same goes for our comfort foods, and that's why today I'm sharing one of my favorite macaroni and cheese recipes I've prepared since moving to Arizona!

Jalepeño Mac n Cheese!

**Yields 3-4 servings. Estimated time 30 minutes.

  • 1/2 lb of trottole semolina wheat pasta
  • 1/2 lb of colby cheese
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup of low fat milk
  • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of rosemary

1. Using a medium-large stovetop pan, fill 3/4 of the way with water and add rosemary into water. Bring to a boil.
2. Simmer pasta on medium-high heat until done. 
3. Strain pasta from rosemary water and set aside.
4. Trim your block of colby cheese down and break it into smaller pieces. 
5. Throw colby cheese in small sauce pan and warm on medium heat, stirring often. 
6. Chop up jalapeños and add to cheese melt. 
7. Continue to stir and soften cheese. Add in 1/2 and 1/2 and stir more. 
8. If needed, kick up heat to soften faster but careful to not burn cheese. Add in milk and stir in. 
9. Finally, stir in flour and when satisfied with smoothness and texture, pour over cooked pasta. 
10. Stir cheese and evenly coat. Serve warm and enjoy!

This is right around the right texture your melted cheese (prior to adding anything in) should look:

How do you like your mac n cheese?


  1. We are BIG fans of mac & cheese and I love your spicy twist on it. It sounds amazing.

  2. OMG, you must made me crave this so bad!! :) I have jalapenos in the fridge!

    1. Oh well then you should make them!! Gotta use those jalapeños!

  3. Just love that pasta shape. And the cheese is perfect.

  4. I love macaroni and cheese, but my recipe takes forever. Yours looks so much simpler. I can't wait to try it!

    1. I hope you do! Let me know if you do and how you like it!

  5. Replies
    1. Yes me too! A little bit of spice goes a long way!

  6. What a fun twist on an old classic! My husband loves both mac and cheese and jalapenos...I need to make this for him!

    1. You definitely should! I hope he enjoys it!

  7. I love jalapeno mac and cheese! such good flavor.

  8. I love spicy, so this is perfect for me. I am most definitely making this for dinner. It looks fantastic!

    1. Thanks Liz! If you make it I would love your feedback and hope you like it!

  9. This is a fun twist! My little ones loves spicy food! Thanks!

  10. I have to try to make this. It sounds amazing

    1. Mmm I hope you get a chance to try it!


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