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Clean Eating Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese

Stay on your healthy-eating plan and keep enjoying your favorite foods with this amazingly delicious Mac and Cheese dish.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 351kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 3 cups whole-grain macaroni noodles dry, cooked according to the package directions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion small, diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers seeded and diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder or 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons flour I used white whole-wheat
  • 2 cups milk low-fat
  • 2 cups colby jack cheese low-fat
  • 4 ounces cream cheese low-fat
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and jalapeños and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking 1 more minute. Stir in the mustard powder and flour and season with salt and pepper. Stir for 1 minute.
  • Add the milk and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute and turn off heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the Colby jack and all of the cream cheese. Add the cooked pasta and stir until well coated. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  • Top with breadcrumbs and remaining cheese and bake for 30-35 minutes until top is browned and cheese is bubbly. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 496mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11