This Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese is an amazing 30 minute meal. Even picky kids will love this easy dinner with no regrets. It beats any jalapeno mac and cheese velveeta and is the ultimate comfort food. Ideal for meal prep, make ahead meals, quick lunches and always easy for the whole family. No one would ever guess it is vegan and even gluten free. It tastes so rich and cheesy like the real deal, if not better.
Mac and Cheese has been always my favorite. Before vegan days and now like this One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese or my Cauliflower Mac & Cheese. Feel free to get on board for more easy mac and cheese recipes and use the search bar. There is something for everyone and it will keep your craving mile high for more.
Once you’ve tried this Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese, you know you would probably make this at any day.
It is creamy, cheesy, savory, hearty, satisfying, filling, cravable, shareable, a keeper in and out, comforting, addictive and a must make not only for pasta fans.
What’s in this creamy jalapeno sauce
- vegan mayo
- vegan cream cheese
- vegan cheese shreds
- jalapeno slices
To make this mac and cheese sauce even tastier, add optional:
- minced garlic
- bread crumbs
- vegan Parmesan
What you need for this Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese
- macaroni noodles
- 1 batch Jalapeno Popper Dip
- garlic powder
So basically you only need 3 ingredients for this mac and cheese recipe, makes it even easier for you and your family.
How to make baked mac and cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F.
First cook your elbow noodles according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, get a bowl and combine the vegan cream cheese, mayonaise, cheese shreds (but reserve a bit for topping) and garlic powder. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.
When the pasta is done, drain it and mix with the prepared sauce. Transfer to a 10×10 casserole dish, add reserved cheese shreds and optional bread crumbs on top. Bake for around 15 minutes, serve on plates or in bowls.
It makes such a fantastic dinner, lunch, meal prep, make ahead meal. I also could imagine it is delicious for date night. Who does not love a big bowl of comfort food? Right, it is seriously the best, friends.
The Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese is great for work lunch, as part of lunch boxes. It tastes great with a salad. As I always say, if you don’t like any spicy food, just skip the jalapenos and added roasted red peppers instead.
I would highly recommend to use roasted peppers, as it adds a lot of flavor and texture to that dish.
Tips and variations for this Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese
Jalapeno popper grilled cheese: Use 2 slices of your favorite bread, place the dip on one slice and top with the other. Add bit vegan butter or oil in a grill pan and fry 3 minutes from each side.
Best party dips: the dip on its own is a keeper from itself, seriously such a great party dip. So whether you make Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese or just the dip, both will be a showstopper at any party or gathering.
Guacamole: only recently I made it this mac and cheese and served with guacamole. Guys, this was so, so good, seriously the best combo ever.
Love seeing all your remakes as always.
- 10 oz macaroni noodles (use gluten free, if needed)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 batch Jalapeno Popper Dip
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- First cook your elbow noodles according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, get a bowl and combine the vegan cream cheese, mayonaise, cheese shreds (but reserve a bit for topping) and garlic powder. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.
- When the pasta is done, drain it and mix with the prepared sauce. Transfer to a 10x10 casserole dish, add reserved cheese shreds and optional bread crumbs on top. Bake for around 15 minutes, serve on plates or in bowls.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 627Total Fat: 43.8gSaturated Fat: 14.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26.7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 46.5gFiber: 1.9gSugar: 8.7gProtein: 13.5g