Easiest Way to Prepare Yummy Jalapeño n’ Bacon Mac

Jalapeño n’ Bacon Mac.

Jalapeño n’ Bacon Mac You can cook Jalapeño n’ Bacon Mac using 14 ingredients and 14 steps. Here is how you cook it.

Ingredients of Jalapeño n’ Bacon Mac

  1. Prepare of Cavatappi Pasta.
  2. You need of Bacon, thick cut.
  3. You need of Heavy Cream.
  4. Prepare of Large Jalapeño.
  5. You need of Monterey Jack Cheese.
  6. Prepare of Mexican Cheese blend.
  7. Prepare of Cream Cheese.
  8. It's of Flour.
  9. It's of Southwest Spice Blend.
  10. Prepare of Panko Breadcrumbs.
  11. Prepare of Scallions.
  12. You need of Garlic.
  13. Prepare of Butter.
  14. It's of Salt and Pepper, to season.

Jalapeño n’ Bacon Mac instructions

  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add bacon to a large, dry pan over medium heat. Cook, turning occasionally and adjusting heat if browning too quickly, until crispy, 6-10 minutes. Turn off heat; transfer to a paper-towellined plate. Carefully discard all but a thin layer of bacon fat from pan.
  2. While bacon cooks, halve jalapeño crosswise, removing ribs and seeds for less heat; thinly slice one half into rounds and finely dice remaining. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens. Peel and mince garlic..
  3. Once water is boiling, add cavatappi to pot. Cook until al dente, 9-11 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, then drain..
  4. While pasta cooks, place 1tbsp butter in a small microwavesafe bowl; microwave until melted, 30 seconds. Stir in panko and 1 tsp Southwest Spice. You’ll use the remaining Southwest Spice later. Season with salt and pepper..
  5. Heat pan with reserved bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add sliced jalapeño; season with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a second small bowl and set aside..
  6. Add scallion whites, diced jalapeño, and garlic to same pan. Cook until slightly softened, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper..
  7. Add 1tbsp flour to pan with aromatics; whisk until thoroughly coated..
  8. Add heavy cream. Whisk in cream cheese, ½ cup reserved pasta cooking water, and remaining Southwest Spice; reduce heat to low. Simmer, whisking, until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes..
  9. Whisk in Mexican cheese and Monterey Jack until melted and creamy..
  10. Heat broiler to high. Roughly chop bacon. Stir bacon and drained cavatappi into pan with cheese sauce..
  11. If needed, stir in more reserved pasta cooking water a splash at a time until cavatappi is coated in a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper..
  12. Sprinkle with seasoned panko and sliced jalapeño. Broil until panko is browned and crispy, 2-3 minutes..
  13. Sprinkle with scallion greens. Divide between plates or serve directly from baking dish..
  14. Serve and enjoy!.

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