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Homemade Ziti and Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers

A recipe for creamy homemade macaroni and cheese with ziti noodles and plenty of pan roasted jalapeno peppers.

Homemade Ziti and Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ziti noodles, cooked to preference
  • 4 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 ounces pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 3 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (+ a bit more for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  • Stem the jalapeno peppers and slice them lengthwise. Cook in a lightly oiled pan heated to medium about 5 minutes per side for a nice pan roast.
  • While jalapenos are roasting, cook the pancetta in a small pan until it gets nice and crispy. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Heat a large pot to medium heat and add butter. Allow to melt.
  • Add flour and stir to form a roux. Cook about 3 minutes to allow it to brown.
  • Add milk and stir constantly to thicken.
  • Add cheeses and continue to stir until cheeses are melted.
  • Crumble in cooked pancetta, chili powder and pepper to taste. Stir.
  • Distribute to serving bowls and top with additional chili powder, pepper, cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers.
  • Serve!

 

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