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Spicy Mac and Cheese

This Spicy Mac and Cheese is loaded with perfectly cooked al dente pasta, tons of freshly shredded pepper jack cheese and fresh jalapenos. Best part? It’s SO quick to whip up on the stovetop. Yes please! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy homemade mac and cheese, jalapeno mac and cheese, spicy mac and cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie


  • 12 oz. pipette pasta (can use any kind!)
  • 5 tbsp salted butter
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups freshly shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 diced jalapeno
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream (optional)


  1. Begin to cook your pasta according to the directions on the package. Don't forget to salt your pasta water generously!

  2. While your pasta is cooking, melt better in a large pot on medium heat. Add in your flour and using a whisk, quickly to make a roux until the two are combined. Let cook for 1 minute or so and then add 1/2 cup of whole milk and begin stirring. It should thicken up pretty quickly. 

  3. Add in remaining 1 and 1/2 cups of milk a little at a time, continually stirring as you go. Do not let this mixture begin to boil! Continue to stir for about 5-7 minutes, until thickened.

  4. Once creamy, using a wooden spoon, add in your freshly shredded pepper jack cheese and mix to combine until the cheese is fully melted and it is one thick, creamy cheesy sauce. Take it off the heat. 

  5. At this point, your noodles should be done. Drain them and add them directly into the cheese sauce. Stir gently to combine. Add in a heavy amount of salt and pepper for seasoning and a tbsp of heavy cream for extra richness if desired. 

  6. Add the freshly diced jalapeno to the mac and cheese as well.

  7. Eat immediately while hot and gooey! Enjoy! See above notes in blog post for re-heating leftovers.