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JALAPENO POPPER MAC AND CHEESE

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40 min

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INGREDIENTS

For the Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

For the Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

frozen bacon, chopped

8 oz frozen bacon, chopped

water, divided

14 oz water, divided

white onion, small diced

0.5 white onion, small diced

scallions (greens + whites), finely sliced

2 scallions (greens + whites), finely sliced

garlic cloves, minced + green germ removed

2 garlic cloves, minced + green germ removed

As needed milk

whole As needed milk

dried rigatoni pasta

12 oz dried rigatoni pasta

American cheese

3 slices American cheese

mustard

1 tsp mustard

cayenne

¼ tsp cayenne

sweet paprika

¼ tsp sweet paprika

gruyere/cheddar, grated

3 oz gruyere/cheddar, grated

cream cheese

2 oz cream cheese

low moisture mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes

4 oz low moisture mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes

pickled jalapenos

2 oz pickled jalapenos

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

panko bread crumbs,

¼ cup panko bread crumbs,

parmesan cheese, grated

1 oz parmesan cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

1.

Preheat the oven to 375 °F with convection fan.

2.

Combine 2 ounces of water and bacon in a cold cast iron skillet. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the bacon stil browned, about 8-10 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently to break up the pieces of bacon.

water, divided

2 oz water, divided

frozen bacon, chopped

8 oz frozen bacon, chopped

3.

Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

4.

Carefully, drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.

5.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion and scallion whites. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the onions are tender.

white onion, small diced

0.5 white onion, small diced

scallions (greens + whites), finely sliced

2 scallions (greens + whites), finely sliced

6.

Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

garlic cloves, minced + green germ removed

2 garlic cloves, minced + green germ removed

7.

Add the remaining water, pasta, and enough milk to just cover the pasta. Cover and let cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently to ensure even cooking.

water, divided

12 oz water, divided

dried rigatoni pasta

12 oz dried rigatoni pasta

As needed milk

whole As needed milk

8.

Once the pasta is al dente, turn the heat to low and add the American cheese slices, mustard, cayenne, and paprika.

American cheese

3 slices American cheese

mustard

1 tsp mustard

cayenne

¼ tsp cayenne

sweet paprika

¼ tsp sweet paprika

9.

Once the American cheese has melted, give the pasta a stir. Then, turn off the heat and add the gruyere/cheddar, cream cheese, mozzarella, jalapenos, scallion greens, and reserved bacon. Once again, stir to combine the pasta, then season to taste with salt and pepper. If the sauce is too thick, add more milk as needed to thin it out.

gruyere/cheddar, grated

3 oz gruyere/cheddar, grated

cream cheese

2 oz cream cheese

low moisture mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes

4 oz low moisture mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes

pickled jalapenos

2 oz pickled jalapenos

scallions (greens + whites), finely sliced

2 scallions (greens + whites), finely sliced

frozen bacon, chopped

8 oz frozen bacon, chopped

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

10.

In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan. Toss to combine then top the mac and cheese with the breadcrumb mixture.

panko bread crumbs,

¼ cup panko bread crumbs,

parmesan cheese, grated

1 oz parmesan cheese, grated

11.

Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for 20-25minutes or until the breadcrumbs are toasted and the sauce is thickened.

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