Skillet Jalapeno Mac and Cheese {A Meatless Monday Recipe

Skillet Jalapeno Mac and Cheese {A Meatless Monday Recipe

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This is the time of year when I love comfort food the most. Heck! Who am I kidding? I like comfort food all year round. The best comfort foods are dishes that don’t take long to prepare. This easy to make skillet jalapeno mac and cheese is comfort food in only 30 minutes.

My mama makes macaroni and cheese that my nieces and nephew fight over at every holiday family meal. It takes her some time to prepare but she always is happy to make it, to keep her grandchildren fed with their favorite dish; no matter how old they get (the eldest 32 and the youngest now 23).

Really good homemade mac and cheese don’t have to take lots of time to make. Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Here’s how I made it:

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

How To Make Skillet Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

Cook the pasta according to the package directions in a large pot of salted water.

Meanwhile, make a roux. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet; stir in flour with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cook for one minute.

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Gradually stir in cream; bring to a boil. Add the jalapenos to the cream mixture. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Reduce heat. Stir in cheese until melted, then stir in the freshly grated nutmeg and cayenne pepper.

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta; add to cheese mixture. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through.

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

If the pasta is too tight and gooey, stir in about ¼ cup of the pasta water at a time to get the desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Super yummy! | TheMountainKitchen.com

I made this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese as a quick easy Meatless Monday meal. Coming home from work on Monday, it’s the perfect comfort food to soothe your soul from a hard dose of workweek reality.

Here’s to comfort food made quick!

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Skillet Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

Made with creamy Gruyère and Gouda cheeses, this skillet jalapeno mac and cheese has a subtle warmth with diced jalapeno and cayenne pepper. So yummy!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Meatless Monday, Vegetarian
Keyword Jalapeno, Mac and Cheese, Skillet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 1019kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ pound penne pasta
  • 1 ½ tablespoons jalapeños seeded, deveined and diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • cups half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups Gruyère cheese grated
  • 2 cups Gouda cheese grated
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg fresh grated

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions in a large pot of salted water.
  • Meanwhile, make a roux. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet; stir in flour with a wooden spoon until smooth. Cook for one minute.
  • Gradually stir in cream; bring to a boil. Add the jalapenos to the cream mixture. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat. Stir in cheese until melted, then stir in the freshly grated nutmeg and cayenne pepper.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta; add to cheese mixture. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through. If the pasta is too tight and gooey, stir in about ¼ cup of the pasta water at a time to get the desired consistency. 
    Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 1019kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Cholesterol: 234mg | Sodium: 1074mg | Potassium: 431mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1790IU | Vitamin C: 7.5mg | Calcium: 1467mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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