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Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac Recipe

Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Contest-Winning Pepper Jack Mac

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jmsterling1 User ID: 5261536 224570
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015


GalvinandCabesgranny User ID: 8318245 224222
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

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

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 121879
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."

gaschoenecker User ID: 6561894 180512
Reviewed May. 18, 2014

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

ConnieSue64 User ID: 7114251 189893
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!!"

RachelBonn User ID: 6300542 121877
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"Best Mac 'N Cheese ever, although you can easily cut the pepper jack and cream cheese by half and not miss it."

ossamayomommma User ID: 5733009 114629
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2012

"Question. Has anyone frozen this recipe prior to baking?"

lesliemillard User ID: 5720731 121585
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"Deliciously sinful. My family and I LOVE this recipe!!! It's my go to recipe for special gatherings. The best mac and cheese that I've every had."

katievz User ID: 610094 190918
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"My all time favorite mac and cheese. I look forward to this at the beginning of each fall."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 212070
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"This mac and cheese was very good, much different than normal mac. My husband, who is not a big cheese fan, actually loves it. We only made 1/2 the recipe and it was more than enough for 4. It was a bit pricey to make due to the different specialty cheeses it used."

LoveIsInTheDetails User ID: 5663944 112578
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"This is to die for! I am a bit of a mac & cheese snob and this is one of the best recipes I have EVER had. Has to be for special occasions as it's so good, it has to be bad for my waist line :)"

Howdyhyde User ID: 5584312 121584
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I have never made better mac and cheese. I would love to see this in a lower fat version, but I will repeat this recipe."

MACMASTER User ID: 5428987 108600
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"This mac n cheese rules!!! Very tasty and rich! It has now become my favorite. Try it, you won't regret it!"

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