Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese is about the number one dish I make weekly.  (Sometimes, daily.)

When we go out to dinner and there’s mac & cheese on the menu, somehow my youngest thinks it’s a special treat to have a bowl of that kind made with the blue box.  Especially when he finds a box in the back of the pantry…he acts as though he’s struck gold!  (I have to admit- I like it, too!)

But, when you make macaroni and cheese from scratch, you could make so many varieties!  The possibilities are endless.

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This isn’t your “normal” cheddar macaroni and cheese.  Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese is for the one’s that can handle some heat…jalapeno HEAT!

And, I’m not just stopping with the fresh jalapenos…the pasta is swimming around in a creamy cheese sauce with two different hot pepper cheeses.

Well, let’s start with what you need to make this creamy-licious (spicy!) delight.

Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Ingredients

Do you seriously see all of these (hot) peppers inside of the havarti and pepper jack cheeses?!

Jalapenos are my best friends.  As I shared on Instagram (below), my little Easton made this surprise breakfast for me.  Needless to say, I think my son assumes knows I eat jalapenos on almost everything!

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Anywho…So, if you’re going to go “hot”, then why not have some cheeses with some heat to it, right?  It’s not like the jalapenos don’t have enough heat in them as it is!  But, we’re going to add more heat!

You may remember when I made the Naughty Fries with Pepper Jack Dipping Sauce.  The sauce with those were made with only the pepper jack cheese.  This time, I added some Havarti Cream Jalapeno Danish cheese!  This sauce is very similar…just spicier!  (You can usually find it in the deli by all the specialty cheeses.)

Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Mac & Cheese - How to make the creamy cheese sauce.

Start by warming up some butter, cream cheese, and heavy cream.  I know, it’s  not the healthiest.  This is why I say creamy-licious!

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Once the cream and cream cheese is all whisked and blended together, it’s the time for some melting greatness!

Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Mac & Cheese - So creamy!

The Havarti cheese is SO creamy.  And, with the blend of pepper jack, it is truly a friendship!

Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Mac & Cheese - made with fresh jalapenos! SimplyGloria.com

Pour the cheese sauce over some sliced (fresh) jalapenos and cooked pasta.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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I sprinkled some bread crumbs on top to have a little bit of crunch.  This part is optional.  (I used Panko bread crumbs.)

Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Mac & Cheese by SimplyGloria.com Spicy for the grown-ups!

Here, just take a bite!  It might be a wee-bit spicy.  And, you’d try to resist that next bite you take…

Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Mac & Cheese - Creamy and spicy!  by SimplyGloria.com

…But, you can’t resist!

Your eyes might tear up a bit.

Keep going.  It’s really not that bad.

You’re welcome!

Enjoy, my friends!

Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese
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Makes 4-6 servings. The spice really depends upon the heat of the fresh jalapenos. Taking out the seeds (with hands covered) will reduce the heat a lot.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta, cooked to al dente (not all the way soft, it will finish cooking in the oven)
  • 1-2 large jalapenos, sliced (pick seeds out to reduce the heat of them)
  • 1 cup shredded (1/2 pound block) Havarti Cream Jalapeno cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • bread crumbs, optional (I used Panko bread crumbs.)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size sauce pan on medium heat, melt butter. Add softened cream cheese and heavy cream. Whisk together until all blended and smooth. (Do not let it come to a boil.) Set aside and stir in the shredded cheeses. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour over al dente cooked pasta and sliced jalapenos. Stir until all combined.
  4. Put in a baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle bread crumbs on top. (Optional)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until all golden on top.
  7. Enjoy!!

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Comments

    • says

      Thanks Tahny! I just had to throw in the pic of the jalapenos on with wheat toast…I guess my son sees me eat jalapenos on (just about) everything bcz I love them so much. But, toast! Interesting!

    • says

      Thank you for sharing Cindy! You always make my day whenever I see your sweet face and read your sweet words! (I need to go on a lighthouse trip up your way!)

  1. says

    This mac & cheese looks fantastic Gloria! I absolutely love this spiced up version, it sounds incredible 🙂 Hehe and Easton sounds so adorable for making you that jalapeno toast 🙂 Everything looks gorgeous!

    • says

      We always seem to always be on the same brain wave! I have to resist eating a lot of the Havarti…bcz over here it’s over $12 a pound. I could easily “munch” on half of that alone! Thanks Sally!

    • says

      Well, now I’m going to have to try it with some chipotle peppers…sounds amazing! I love spicy. Thanks for sharing, Julie! Have a good night!

  2. Lexi says

    Just made this recipe and I’m lost for words….By far the best recipe I have ever tried, it will now be my go-to comfort meal 😉 Thank you for sharing this glory!

    Best wishes,

    Alexis

  3. Cindy says

    My husband said this was the best macaroni and cheese he’s ever had. I made it for dinner tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Cindy says

      I did bake it twice as long though, added bread crumbs mixed with a dab of oil right at the end, then broiled it a min or two. Try adding a pinch of garlic sometime. Mmmmm

  4. Christi says

    I made this last night for a work spread, we of course had it fresh for dinner and both three day off and the next day was fabulous. I did leave out a lot of the jalapenos because unknown persons were eating it, but next time, I’m going all jalapenos in. This was amazing, thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Christi, you are so sweet! You made my whole day. I am so happy you loved this recipe. It really is my favorite to make… especially when those fresh jalapenos are growing. Have a most wonderful week! 🙂

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