Mac ‘N Cheese is not just for kids! My Bacon Jalapeño Mac ‘N Cheese is reminiscent of your favorite childhood food, but has a lot more flavor and a little kick! This is a perfect side dish for a BBQ, Fourth of July party, or when you are craving some comfort food!
2 c shredded pepper jack cheese
2 c shredded cheddar/colby jack cheese
2 c half ‘n half
1 jalapeño diced or 2 if you dare!
1 c bacon (I use the real bacon bits for Costco to save time)
1 tbsp butter
1/4 c diced onion or shallot
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 c bread crumbs
1 box of your favorite pasta, I like to use shells or elbow macaroni
Begin boiling water for pasta. Place butter, onion, and garlic in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Sauté for a couple of minutes, add bacon and jalapeño. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add half ‘n half to pan, turn heat down, when mixture begins to bubble (boil) slowly stir in cheese in small amounts, stirring frequently so not to burn. Cook pasta according to box directions. Drain and place in 9 x 13 casserole pan.