Favourite Mac and Cheese

First off, I never ate Mac and Cheese growing up and my first experience of it was that nasty stuff in a box that my husband seems to love so much, which was not a good experience. I told him that he should stop buying the boxes and I would make it myself. I have tried a few different recipes and they’ve all been good, but nothing that was particularly exceptional.

Then I made this. I didn’t know Mac and Cheese could be so good.

Yes, that’s bacon on top. A last minute addition courtesy of my husband. He gets excited whenever I tell him I’m going to make this, we’ve been a little crazed over it the past few weeks.

Favourite Macaroni and Cheese

Modified from Real Simple October 2001


1lb elbow macaroni

1 tablespoon butter

1 jalapeno, minced

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon coarse-grain mustard

1/2 pound extra-sharp cheddar, grated (2 cups)

1/4 cup Parmesan, grated

4 strips of thick cut bacon, sliced


  1. Cook Macaroni according to package instructions; drain well. Return to pot and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside, covered.
  3. In a medium pan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Saute the jalapeno for about a minute and then add the flour. Cook for another 2 minutes making sure you stir constantly. Whisk in the milk and heat to boiling. Add the mustard and cheeses, stir until smooth.
  4. Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni and toss. Heat to warm through.
  5. Serve with the bacon crumbled on top.

Posted at Tasty Tuesday, hosted by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam


  1. Raquel

    This recipe sounds delicious! I’m going to have to try it sometime.

  2. this is interesting. did your 2-year-old like it? i have a little boy myself, and he doesnt seem interested in mac and cheese 🙁

    shuttling in from SITS 🙂
    .-= cheri´s last blog ..spaghetti for all seasons =-.

    • Yes he loved it! It’s a little spicy because of the jalapeno peppers and he loves spicy food, it’s a little bit more interesting than regular mac and cheese.

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