Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac Recipe
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Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac Recipe

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When I want to make something hearty, creamy and cheesy, I go with this dish. It's comfort food at its finest.—Rianna Styx, Libertyville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 3/4 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar french-fried onions, crushed

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 859 calories, 64g fat (37g saturated fat), 191mg cholesterol, 1127mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour, salt, mustard, pepper and Worcestershire sauce until smooth; gradually add milk and cream. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in cheeses until melted. Stir macaroni into cheese mixture.
  3. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, bacon, Parmesan cheese and onions. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pepper Jack Mac in Country Woman October/November 2010, p31

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"I made this for Easter and it was a hit! Awesome!"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"Yes, yes, and yes. Best Mac and Cheese ever. Adults were seriously giddy when I brought this out at the potluck, and completely devoured a double batch within minutes. So good. I'll increase the noodles next time, maybe double."

Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"This recipe is great. I made it for a work luncheon and EVERY person requested the recipe"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"We loved this recipe! Like another stated, you could easily cut the cheese in half! This recipe does make a lot!!"

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