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A spoonful of spicy mac and cheese.
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Spicy Mac and Cheese

This spicy mac and cheese is coated in a cheddar and pepper jack cheese sauce, and with added jalepeño, it takes this delicious meal to the next level.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Entree, Holidays, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 821kcal


  • 16 ounces pipette pasta or elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno deseeded and diced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ritz Cracker Topping

  • 2 cups ritz crackers crushed
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a pot of water to a boil and salt generously.
  • While the water boils, melt 4 tbsp of butter in a skillet and cook the fresh garlic and jalapeño for 30 seconds. Add the all-purpose flour and whisk over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the cold whole milk and whisk to remove any lumps. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce thickens. This should take about 20 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently. While the sauce is thickening, cook the pasta according to packaging instructions.
  • Once the sauce thickens, turn off the heat. Stir in the 3 different kinds of cheese, dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Season the cheese sauce with salt and pepper.
  • When the pasta is almost done cooking, drain it and add it to the cheese sauce. Place the macaroni and cheese sauce in a greased casserole dish and top it off with the ritz cracker topping.
  • In a large bowl, combine the crushed ritz crackers and 4 tbsp unsalted melted butter. Top the mac and cheese with the cracker mixture. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Wait 10 minutes to cool, and enjoy!


Calories: 821kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 756mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1418IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 817mg | Iron: 2mg