Creamy Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese. Stovetop homemade creamy macaroni and cheese with sauteed jalapenos. Mac and Cheese with a kick! 

Course Side or Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword jalapeno macaroni and cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Modern Honey


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Jalapeno Pepper (finely minced, may use more depending on spice preference)
  • 4 Green Onions (white and light green parts diced)
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Whole Milk (may use 2% but whole is preferred)
  • 3 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (more if needed for taste)
  • 1/2 lb. Elbow, Cellentani, or Cavatappi Pasta


  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add the jalapeno and green onions and saute for 5 minutes, stirring often.

  2. Whisk in the flour and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring often.

  3. Pour in the heavy cream and whole milk and whisk together. Add cheese, 1 cup at a time, until melted, stirring well after each addition.  Let cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.

  4. Meanwhile, cook 1/2 pound of pasta according to package instructions.  Generously salt the water to ensure the pasta is well seasoned.  Once pasta is done cooking, drain well, and combine with cheese sauce. 

  5. Serve immediately while warm.  

Recipe Notes