Essential Everyday™ – Bacon & Jalapeno Mac & Cheese


  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package thick sliced bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package Essential Everyday™ Rigatoni
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2% milk, warmed
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup crushed jalapeno flavored kettle chips


  • In medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp; remove to paper towels. Set aside.
  • Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Whisk in flour; cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually add in warmed milk, whisking constantly until smooth. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until thickened and mixture comes to a boil.
  • Blend in cheeses and bacon; salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until cheese is melted.
  • Toss pasta with sauce and transfer to a greased 2-1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with crushed chips. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

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