Jalapeno Poppers Mac n Cheese

Have you guys heard? Apparently, the coming winter is going to be a long, cold one.

Experts are foreseeing freezing temperatures and loads of snow.

Which I’m not exactly excited about, to be honest.

Frozen rain isn’t exactly my thing. Eww. Nope.

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Even though it does make for the perfect excuse to start developing mac ‘n’ cheese recipes.

Starting with Jalapeno Poppers Mac ‘n’ Cheese!

Jalapeno Poppers Mac n Cheese

Hidden under a blanket of crispy, golden breadcrumbs, this combination of two classic American recipes is rich and creamy, but also spicy & punchy.

Comfort food at its finest if you ask me!

Jalapeno Poppers Mac n Cheese

And if we are to face 12 weeks of snow (!!!), we are going to need many bowls of it.

Jalapeno Poppers Mac n Cheese

Jalapeno Poppers Mac n Cheese (serves 2-3):

Ingredients:

  • 180g short dry pasta (preferably macaroni)
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 big handful grated cheese (I used 2/3 cheddar and 1/3 parmesan)
  • 500 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp pickled jalapeno, finely chopped, plus a few slices and 3 tbsp of pickling juice
  • 3 tbsp bread or panko crumbs
  • Salt + pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C grill.

2. In a big saucepan, mix together the milk, the cream cheese and the jalapeno picking juice. Add the macaroni, season with salt and pepper and cook over a medium heat until tender (about 10 min).

3. Mix in the grated cheese, then cook for a few more minutes.

4. Mix in the chopped jalapenos, then transfer to an ovenproof dish, top with a few more jalapeno slices before sprinkling the breadcrumbs.

5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden and serve immediately.

Jalapeno Poppers Mac n Cheese

One pan Broccoli Mac n Cheese

Mac ‘n’ Cheese is the ultimate comfort food in my book.

No matter how good I’ve sworn to be, I can never, ever resist it.

If I go out for dinner and it’s on the menu, I will order it. And eat most of it, even when it was originally meant to be shared. #worstdiningcompanion

One-pot Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese | Cake + Whisky

And yet, I had never made it at home. Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Especially since all you need are super basic ingredients I’m sure most of you already have in your fridge right now.

One-pot Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese | Cake + Whisky

Plus it’s super easy and feels like a hug in a bowl.

A very cheesy, super delicious hug, that is!

One-pot Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese | Cake + Whisky

And if you add enough vegetables in, it’s actually not that un-healthy a dinner option.

One-pot Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese | Cake + Whisky

The perfect reward for surviving yet another Monday

(or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday and, ehh, sometimes, Fridays are tough as well right?)

One-pot Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese | Cake + Whisky

One pan Broccoli Mac ‘n’ Cheese (serves 2)

Ingredients: 200g macaroni (or other short pasta), 1/2 pint milk (about 1 mug), 1/2 pint vegetable stock (about 1 mug), small chunck of Parmesan (grated), big handful of grated Emmenthal (or Cheddar), 200g broccoli, 1 tsp oil, sea salt, pepper, Tabasco

1. Cut the broccoli in bite-sized chuncks. In a big pot, heat up 1 tsp oil, then add in the broccoli and cook until tender. Remove from the heat and pour it out in one of the bowls you’re going to be serving in (save dirtying another dish!)

2. Add the pasta to the same pan with the milk, vegetable stock, Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste. Stir it around, cover and turn the hob down (it should be down to a very gentle simmer). Keep it covered as much as possible, stiring every now and then until the pasta is fully cooked and the milk has reduced down to a creamy sauce.

3. Check the seasoning and add more Tabasco/salt/pepper if needed.

4. Add in the cheese (Parmesan + Emmenthal/Cheddar) and the broccoli, give the whole thing a good stir and serve immediately.

‘OMG-SOOOOOO-GOOD’ eye-rolling absolutely compulsory!

One pan Broccoli Mac n Cheese