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Gelapeno Mackey Cheese

6 servings


10 minutes

active time

25 minutes

total time


8 oz. large elbow pasta (uncooked)

3 tbsps. butter

3 tbsps. all purpose flour

2 cups white cheddar cheese (shredded, or Jalapeno white Cheddar for more spice)

1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)

3 cups whole milk (or 2 cups milk, 1 cup pasta water for lower calories)

4 oz. cream cheese (low fat)

1½ tsp. onion powder

4 cloves garlic (minced)

¾ tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. salt

2 large jalapeños (one diced with seeds off, one sliced)

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 tbsps. butter


Preheat oven at 375 F.

Cook pasta al dente according to package direction. About 6-7 minutes.

In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 tbsp. of butter and add in the panko crumbs. Mix the crumbs with the butter and continue mixing over medium low heat until the crumb are "lightly" golden brown in color. Remove from skillet and set aside on a plate or bowl. Clean the skillet with a paper towel to remove any leftover crumbs.

In the same skillet over medium heat, melt 3 tbsps. of butter and add in the garlic and diced jalapeno to sauté for a minute or two. Then add in the flour and whisk well with the butter to obtain a nice smooth pasty texture.

Pour in the milk and continue whisking for a minute until any lumps of flour are completely gone. Add in the salt, black pepper and onion powder and cream cheese. Mix well to combine.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to thicken up a little while you continue to mix slowly for a couple of minutes.

Add in the white cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese and mix to combine well until the cheese melts completely and sauce thickens up. Pour in the pasta, sliced jalapenos and mix to coat well with the cheese sauce.

Pour the pasta into a baking dish or keep in the same skillet if skillet is oven proof to make it a one pot dish.

Top the pasta with the breadcrumbs mix and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving. Garnish with some freshy chopped parsley and sliced/ diced jalapeno peppers.


Serving Size

1 g


587 kcal

Total Fat

30 g

Saturated Fat

18 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat

1 g


90 mg


931 mg

Total Carbohydrate

51 g

Dietary Fiber

2 g

Total Sugars

9 g


28 g

6 servings


10 minutes

active time

25 minutes

total time
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