Yesterday was an important day in our household. Someone (not me) had been looking forward to it for a long time. If you have any teenage boys or men who sometimes act like teenage boys in your home then you probably know exactly what I am talking about. If not, let me enlighten you: On 9/14/10 Halo Reach was released. This means that the chances that I am going to get Ryan away from the TV in the next few weeks are about the same as my chances of actually being able to resist the temptation to eat an entire ball of buffalo mozzarella in one sitting. AKA: Not gonna happen. My only option is to lure him away with food. I’ve got to bring out the big guns. I’ve got to make something cheesy, something spicy, something so deliciously sinful that he will be willing to drop the video game controller. Enter: smoked cheddar and jalapeno macaroni and cheese.
I had every intention of making this macaroni and cheese with elbow macaroni but lo’ and behold when I opened my pantry door I discovered that I was out. The store wasn’t an option because I wanted to get dinner on the table quickly so I could pyre Ryan away from the TV. Not to mention give my ears a few moments free from the sound of machine guns so I made due with what I had which happened to be penne pasta. I also had some fusilli, spaghetti, angel hair and pici but I figured that I wanted something that the cheese sauce could work its way into. The holes in the penne pasta were perfect for that. But if you don’t have penne use whatever short pasta you have. It will work just fine.
Note: I also only had fat free milk so I had to increase my amount of flour to compensate. If you have full fat milk you may need to use less than the required amount of flour to thicken your sauce.