I don’t remember my mom making macaroni and cheese growing up. I remember her making delicious soup, I remember that Sundays after church we would stop by the bakery and buy fresh Italian bread and dip it in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And I can remember her letting me hold her cup of coffee in the morning because I was cold. But I don’t remember her ever making macaroni and cheese!
When my husband first suggested we buy Kraft Dinner in our first year of marriage I thought, “what kind of wife would I be if I did that?!” Well, we did. In fact, we branched out and bought the Presidents Choice (Presidents Choice is a Canadian brand) white cheddar box on the regular!
As time went on I decided I wanted to make homemade macaroni and cheese so that I would know what ingredients my family was eating. I tried a few different recipes, but nothing ‘wowed’ my family.
Then one day I found the jackpot!
I first I made the recipe step-by-step. And since then I have made alterations and have perfected it in a way my family enjoys it. That’s an understatement – they love it!
The original recipe is from Kitchen Treaty.com ( Here is their recipe) this is the first recipe I use from this site, however it is filled with lots of good recipes!
Here is a list of adjustments I made for my family. I used gluten-free flour to make the cheese sauce instead of regular flour. The younger girls didn’t appreciate the spice of the jalapeños so I simply use Frank’s red hot instead. I also add smoked paprika to the sauce. Of course gluten free pasta. I use mozzarella and old cheddar cheese – smoked cheddar was nowhere to be found in my local grocery store!
**many wanted the recipe, here you go!
JALAPENO MAC & CHEESE
Would love to hear your feedback after you feed your family this delicious macaroni and cheese!