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Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Ted Terio | Sales Consultant, Reinhart Shawano Division


  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar, divided use
  • 16 oz dried cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 to 3 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded, minced
  • 8 oz cream cheese, frozen and cubed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup crushed jalapeno cheddar Cheetos
  • ½ cup French’s crispy jalapenos
  • Optional: 8 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled


  1. Make roux: Melt butter in medium pan; whisk in flour and cook, stirring for one minute to two minutes. Add cream and half-and-half; cook until thickened. Off heat, add half of cheddar cheese. Transfer sauce to slow cooked; add cooked pasta.
  2. Sauté onions, garlic and jalapenos in oil until soft; add to slow cooker along with cream cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well; top with remaining cheddar. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
  3. For service, top with crushed Cheetos, French’s jalapenos and bacon. Terio uses a slow cooker for this spiced-up comfort-food classic. It also can be baked.

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