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Jalapeño Business Bacon Mac & Cheese

Jalapeño Business Bacon Mac & Cheese

topped with Crispy Spiced Panko

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If you thought you were craving ordinary mac and cheese, think again. Here, we combine all the gooey, melty goodness of a classic mac with the rich, savory, spicy flavors of a bacon-wrapped jalapeño popper. The result? The comfort food you never knew you needed. It’s got it all: twirly cavatappi noodles tossed in a creamy, cheesy sauce. Salty crumbles of fresh bacon. A crispy, spiced panko crust for crunch. Sliced jalapeño slices for heat. And to top it all off, it’s all ready in just 35 minutes—what more could you want?


Produced in a facility that processes eggs, milk, fish, peanuts, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.

Total Time35 minutes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cooking difficultyMedium
serving amount
Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon
serving amount

6 ounce

Cavatappi Pasta


4 ounce


4 ounce

Cream Sauce Base


1 unit


¼ cup

Monterey Jack Cheese


½ cup

Mexican Cheese Blend


4 tablespoon

Cream Cheese


1 tablespoon



1 tablespoon

Southwest Spice Blend

1 clove


¼ cup

Panko Breadcrumbs


2 unit


Not included in your delivery

1 tablespoon



Kosher Salt


Nutrition Values/ per serving
Nutrition Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
/ per serving
Energy (kJ)4561 kJ
Calories1090 kcal
Fat66 g
Saturated Fat34 g
Carbohydrate86 g
Sugar8 g
Dietary Fiber4 g
Protein31 g
Cholesterol160 mg
Sodium1150 mg
Due to the different suppliers we purchase our products from, nutritional facts per meal can vary from the website to what is received in the delivered box, depending on your region.
Utensilsarrow down iconarrow down icon
Large Pan
Medium Pot
Paper Towel
Small Bowl
Baking Dish
Instructionsarrow up iconarrow up icon
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• Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil (use a large pot for 4 servings). • 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-towel-lined plate. • Carefully discard all but a thin layer of bacon fat from pan (you’ll use this to cook the aromatics later).


• While bacon cooks, wash and dry all produce. • Halve jalapeño, removing ribs and seeds for less heat; thinly slice one half and finely dice remaining. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens. Peel and mince garlic.


• Once water is boiling, add cavatappi to pot. Cook until al dente, 9-11 minutes. • Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water (2 cups for 4 servings), then drain. • While pasta cooks, place 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4) in a small microwave safe bowl; microwave until melted, 30 seconds. Stir in panko and 1 tsp Southwest Spice (2 tsp for 4). (You’ll use the remaining Southwest Spice later.) Season with salt and pepper.


• 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. • Add scallion whites, diced jalapeño, and garlic to same pan. Cook until slightly softened, 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


• Add 1 TBSP flour (2 TBSP for 4 servings) to pan with aromatics; whisk until thoroughly coated. • Cut top off carton of cream sauce base to open fully; pour contents into pan. Using a spoon or spatula, scrape any remaining sauce from carton into pan. • Whisk in cream cheese, ½ cup reserved pasta cooking water (1 cup for 4), and remaining Southwest Spice; reduce heat to low. Simmer, whisking, until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, 2-3 minutes. • Whisk in Mexican cheese and Monterey Jack until melted and creamy.


• Heat broiler to high. • Roughly chop bacon. Stir bacon and drained cavatappi into pan with cheese sauce. (TIP: If your pan is not large enough, carefully transfer everything into pot used to cook pasta.) 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.


• Transfer mac & cheese to an 8-by-8inch baking dish (for 4 servings, use a 9-by-13-inch baking dish). Sprinkle with spiced panko and sliced jalapeño. • Broil until panko is browned and crispy, 2-3 minutes. (TIP: Watch carefully to avoid burning.) Sprinkle with scallion greens. • Divide between plates or serve directly from baking dish.