Sometimes I am amazed that I even remember to brush my teeth, considering the chaotic state of my mind these days.
I can barely put 2 and 2 together it seems, and I am sure missing having a brain. I feel kinda like the scarecrow right now, ya know?
Anyways, I had a burst of cooking-energy this afternoon….
But I realized I was afraid to move much beyond things I can make in my (non-existent) sleep. Which is why I just keep making brownies and mac & cheeses. I know I can’t mess up if I’m making those! :o)
This is a super easy mac & cheese… meaning, no stovetop cooking (except for the noodles) – just some tossing together, pouring and baking in the oven!
One of our all-time favorite mac & cheese recipes is my Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese.
I started thinking about what other favorite foods I could turn into mac & cheese and Jalapeño Poppers was the obvious next choice.
I also have a Low-Carb version of this Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese, if that’s your thing! SO so good!
- for the topping:
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar (or mexican blend)
- 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup crushed tortilla chips
- for the mac & cheese:
- 1 lb penne or other short pasta
- 2 cups diced pepper jack cheese
- 1 (8oz) block cream cheese, cubed
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups shredded cheddar (or mexican blend)
- 2-3 large jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 cups milk
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x13" baking dish or a 12" cast-iron skillet and set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the topping ingredients and set aside.
Cook the noodles according to package directions, draining them about a minute before they are done.
Combine the noodles, cheeses, butter & jalapeños, stirring well to melt the cream cheese. Dump this into the prepared baking dish.
In a small bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the noodles and cheese in the dish.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top and bake for 40-50 minutes, until golden & bubbly!