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!!


Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne
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Serves: 6
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (or rice flour)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped pickled Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 pkg of Kraft Creamy Mexicana Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia
  • 3 cups penne pasta
Bread topping:
  • 3 slices of bread, made into bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • pickled Jalapeno pepper slices for garnishing
  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!
You can use gluten free penne pasta in this recipe too!

Recipe adapted from Yumsugar

More recipe inspiration:

You should visit the Kraft Canada website to see more yummy and scrumptious recipe ideas that include Kraft Shredded Cheese with a Touch of Philadelphia and the Melt you won’t forget!

Kraft Canada Twitter Party:

 Kraft Canada is hosting the What’s Cooking Twitter Party on Wednesday, April 16 at 9:00pm EST, and you’re invited!  Just follow along with @KraftCanada and the hashtag #TouchofPhillyCheese

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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  1. Mmm. Looks so good!

  2. 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!)

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

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

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

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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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!!

  11. Esther Lord says:

    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 !!

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

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

  14. Would a crock pot version of this be possible?

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