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Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

This Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne is creamy, flavourful and so delicious!  Ready in under 1 hour.


Ingredients

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Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 pkg of Kraft Creamy Mexicana Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia

Pasta:

  • 3 cups penne pasta

Bread topping:

  • 3 slices of bread (made into bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • slices pickled Jalapeno pepper for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a heavy pot melt the butter over medium heat.
  3. Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour until it is fully combined.
  4. Whisk in the whole milk, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.
  5. Stir in the dry mustard, and chopped Jalapeno peppers.
  6. Add the shredded cheese, and stir constantly until the cheese has melted. Set aside.
  7. Cook the penne pasta until it is al dente. Then drain and add the noodles to a 9×13 baking dish.
  8. Add the cheese mixture to the penne and mix well.
  9. In a small bowl combine the melted butter and bread crumbs, then sprinkle them evenly over the pasta. Top with a few pickled Jalapeno pepper slices as a garnish.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pasta is bubbling and the topping is golden brown.
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

You can use gluten free penne pasta in this recipe too!