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Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne

 Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne.  Just think about that for a second…yummmm…noodles, jalapenos and cheeeeeese.  You don’t want to miss this recipe, it’s what’s for dinner!

Our family loves macaroni & cheese in any way, shape or form.  So when I saw that Kraft has a new addition that combines the convenience and softness of their shredded cheese, with the creaminess of their Philadelphia cream cheese to create Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia, I just knew I had to incorporate it into a cheesy noodle dish.  So I did.  And let me tell you, this new cheese blend delivers a soft and creamy melt that you’ll never forget.

The Kraft cheese blends come in 3 different flavours: Creamy Mozza, Creamy Herb & Garlic and Creamy Mexicana.  For this baked penne I used the Creamy Mexicana of course!

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne {A Pretty Life}

Mmmm, look how creamy this Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne is!  My kids loved this dish…they were sold at creamy.

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne {A Pretty Life}

What I love most about this cheese blend is that it’s so convenient: shredded cheese with a touch of cream cheese combined into one step.  Easy, delicious and creamy…have to love that!

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne {A Pretty Life}

 Did I mention creamy?!  This is such a flavourful and oh-so-cheesy dinner that you can have on your table in under 1 hour!!

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Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or rice 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 Kraft Creamy Mexicana Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia, 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 9x13 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!

Recipe Notes

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

Recipe adapted from Yumsugar

Have a delicious day! Signature   Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Kraft Canada, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Kraft Canada. 

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply Shannon - AKA Design / Bloggers & Brands April 14, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Mmm. Looks so good!

  • Reply Tia April 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Yum! sounds like a great way to update pasta night! Going to have to give this new blend a try for my guy (he LOVES cheese!)

  • Reply Melissa April 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Oh wow, this looks amazing. I somehow have become obsessed with Jalapenos in the last 6 months. I have to try this!

  • Reply Dana April 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    This looks awesome! I’ve been looking forward to this recipe since I saw your picture earlier this month.

  • Reply Thea April 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    This does look fabulous and even better super easy to make. Took a peek at the Kraft website and it is very impressive too!

  • Reply Tara April 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Love the looks of this, Jo-Anna! I’m a big mac and cheese fan, and jalapenos in it? Yes, please!

  • Reply Christine April 15, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    I really need to try a dish with jalapenos in it, I tend to avoid them because I’m nervous that it will be too spicy. Your Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne looks soooo good, I want to try it!! Is it spicy?? I can’t get over how creamy and delicious it looks!!

  • Reply Laura April 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I never thought of adding jalapeño kick to a pasta dish. Pretty sure I’m making this for dinner tonight! Its making my mouth water already. Delish!

  • Reply Heather April 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Jo-Anna! OMG the photos of all that creamy sauce pouring out have me seriously drooling! This looks amazing!

  • Reply Wendy @ www.mamasblogcentral.com April 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Mmmmmm this looks so yummy. I love how easy it looks. I would love for you to share this at my Friday T.G.I.F. Linky Party. Have a great weekend!!

  • Reply Esther Lord August 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna, I made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit. My husband has already requested it for next week and we never cook the same thing that close together 🙂 I have tried quite a few of your recipes and I am never disappointed. Thank you so very much for sharing !!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife August 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      This makes me so happy Esther!! Thank you for letting me know…happy cooking!! 🙂

  • Reply Laurie@ Vin'yet Etc. August 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Wow, wow, wow that looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anna September 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Amazing ..looks so yummy …. will try to do something at home as you did….:)

  • Reply Carleigh September 23, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Would a crock pot version of this be possible?

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 23, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      Hi Carleigh! I’m not sure, as I’ve never made pasta in a crockpot before. I’d be worried the noodles would get really soggy sitting in a dish for too long.

  • Reply Courtney May 5, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Has anyone tried it with fresh jalapenos and store bought bread crumbs? thanks!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife May 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

      Hi Courtney! I haven’t but I bet it would be just as delicious! I would just use less jalapenos as the fresh ones tend to be a lot more spicy! And I would definitely use store bought bread crumbs – they would taste just as good I’m sure! Enjoy!

  • Reply Laura September 13, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Amazing. Best of Mac and cheese and jalapeno poppers mixed. Loved it. Added cream cheese cubes to the top after baking. Perfect. Thank you so much for this.

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 13, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Oh I’m so happy you liked this recipe! And what a great addition – I think I’ll add extra cream cheese too next time!

  • Reply Melissa October 19, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    This sounds delicious!! I sometimes add a mostly-drained can of Ro-Tel to my standard mac & cheese similar to this, but not everyone is crazy about tomatoes in their macaroni. I’ll definitely have to try this next time!

  • Reply Taylor December 10, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    I think I’ll be making this for dinner tonight! But I may add some shredded chicken into the mix to make it a more complete meal instead of a side dish!

  • Reply mary kalinec March 4, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    Can this be made the day before and then put in the oven the next day!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 4, 2016 at 3:38 PM

      Hi! Technically it could, but it is best made and served the same day. I think if it sat overnight all of the creamy cheese sauce would get soaked up by the noodles.

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