Jalapeno and Chive MAC AND CHEESE Topped with Tomato and Panko

IMG_5282Hi there friends!  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  I was busy visiting my beautiful, oldest daughter for her wedding to my wonderful new son-in-law! ❤  It was a beautiful wedding and we had a wonderful time visiting my daughter and granddaughter.

We’re home and settled and life has calmed down a little bit, so I’m back with a recipe for some yummy comfort food to fill your belly on a cool fall evening.  It’s just a “grown-up” version of a simple macaroni and cheese recipe, but it’s delicious and who doesn’t love homemade mac-n-cheese?

I hope you enjoy it as much as my family has!  Here are some of my suggestions:

-If you have some little ones (or big ones, for that matter), that don’t care for the “grown-up” ingredients, you can just leave them out and it still tastes great!  I have some picky eaters, so I make one batch and divide it between two casserole dishes and make a “kid version” and an “adult version”.

-If you aren’t already using whole-grain pastas in your recipes, I suggest you try them in this recipe.  Even the pickiest eaters won’t notice. 🙂

-I use non-fat milk and it turns out great!IMG_5279

Jalapeno and Chive Mac-N-Cheese Topped with Tomato and Panko


  • 1 (16 oz) box whole wheat pasta (elbow, penne or rotini)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 pound Velvetta
  • 1/3 cup chives, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapenos, minced
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup panko


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook and drain pasta.
  • While pasta is cooking, melt butter in saucepan and stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Add milk and heat until bubbly, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir Velvetta into milk mixture and heat until melted.
  • Stir the cooked pasta, jalapeno, and chives into the cheese sauce and pour mixture into casserole dish.
  • Top with tomato and panko and bake for 35-40 minutes.


Enjoy! ❤


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