Do you love Mac & Cheese? I am a big fan of gourmet style mac & cheese with a variety of ad-ins to make dinner or lunch more fun. Nothing is quite as satisfying as a big bowl of cheesy pasta after a day of working around the barn or riding. I wanted to share my version which involves jalapenos and bacon! 

I always say you cannot go wrong with a dish that involves bacon or cheese so this meal is a double win! 


  1. 4 cups uncooked pasta (any shape)
  2. 1 12 ounce package of bacon
  3. 1 small red onion diced (about 1/4 cup)
  4. 2 or 3 small jalapeno peppers, thinly diced or sliced (I only used two & had plenty of heat, remove the seeds if you want to cut back on heat even more).
  5. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 1/4 cup butter
  7. 1 pint whipping cream
  8. 8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  9. 8 ounces pepper jack cheese, cubed
  10. 1 tablespoon flour


  1. Cook the pasta according to its directions on the box. You can work on prepping the rest of the meal while it cooks, then drain & set aside.
  2. Add bacon, onions, jalapenos & black pepper to a skillet. Cook on a medium heat until the bacon is as crispy. Spread some paper towels over your counter & empty the skillet over them. Blot off excess grease & crumble the bacon with your hands or use scissors to cut it into small pieces.
  3. In a sauce pan add butter & whipping cream, melt butter over a low heat.
  4. Add the cheese cubes & stir occasionally until everything is melted.
  5. Add flour & mix in completely, bring the cheese sauce to a boil & remove it from heat.
  6. Combine pasta, bacon with jalapenos, onions & pour in the cheese sauce.
  7. Mix well, serve hot & enjoy, it’s great to to garnish with a few bacon pieces or jalapenos.


Recipe and photos originally shared on Horses & Heels.