Spicy Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
- 14oz / 400g Elbow Pasta (or other short cut pasta)
- 9oz / 250g Streaky Bacon, diced
- 3 Fresh Jalapeños, 2 finely diced & 1 sliced into rounds, deseeded as desired
- 4 cups / 1 litre Milk, at room temp
- 2 cups / 200g Cheddar, grated
- 2 cups / 200g Mozzarella, shredded
- 1 cup / 70g Parmesan, grated (save half for top)
- 1/2 cup / 30g Breadcrumbs
- 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 3 tbsp Flour
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Hot Sauce, or to preference
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to preference
- Oil Spray
- Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
Fry your bacon over medium heat until your desired texture. Add jalapeño and fry for a couple of minutes until soft. Drain away excess fat if necessary, then melt in your butter.
Stir in your flour until a paste forms, then gradually stir in your milk until lump free. Add your mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and hot sauce, then allow to bubble until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile preheat oven to 200c/390f and cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente (take a few mins off the packet instruction, you want it still quite hard).
Once thickened, turn off heat and stir in your cheddar, mozzarella and half your parmesan. Taste for seasoning. Add your pasta and transfer to a baking dish.
Top with the rest of your parmesan, then breadcrumbs, then the rest of your jalapeño and finish with by spraying with oil. Pop in the oven for 20-25 mins or until golden a bubbly.
a) Baking Jalapeños - If you've sliced them particularly thin to go on top then consider popping them on half way through, just to prevent them from burning to a crisp.
b) Consistency - I like my mac and cheese quite saucy, especially because it thins out whilst baking. However if you like a 'thicker' mac and cheese consider using 3 cups of milk, but do take into consideration it gets soaked up quite significantly in the oven.
Calories: 759kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.58g | Protein: 48.59g | Fat: 46.83g | Saturated Fat: 22.05g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.783g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15.344g | Trans Fat: 1.039g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 1871mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 10.25g | Vitamin A: 3100IU | Vitamin C: 57.8mg | Calcium: 900mg | Iron: 2.3mg