Mac and cheese is one of those dishes that need very little introduction. It’s a classic, yet the variations are endless. In this version, Greek yogurt brings in some tanginess and added protein, and pepper jack cheese introduces an element of heat – this is actually my favorite way to use pepper jack! In my family, we typically have macaroni and cheese as an entrée, but it’s a lot more versatile than that, as it can also be a side dish or appetizer. Baked in muffin pans, these pepper jack mac cups would be perfect for hor d’oeuvres – you can even eat them as finger food! In case you’re heading the entrée route, I’ve also provided baking instructions for a 9 x 13 or 8 x 8 pan.
What’s your favorite style or version of mac and cheese?
- 3 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups grated pepper jack cheese
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 pound macaroni
- 2 ounces pimentos
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the cups of 2 muffin pans (24 cups) and set aside.
- Bring a large stockpot of water to boil, and cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour, whisking to combine. While whisking, carefully pour in milk (I prefer to heat the milk in the microwave for a minute or two first). Bring to a boil, stirring often. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and cook until the sauce has thickened somewhat, about 10 minutes. Remove from the burner and stir in the Greek yogurt, half (1 1/2 cups) of the cheese, and the salt. Whisk until smooth.
- Combine the sauce, drained macaroni, and pimentos. Portion into the cups of the greased muffin pans. Layer remaining cheese and bread crumbs on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the cheese on top is slightly browned and bubbling.
- Additional baking options
- 9x13 pan: bake for about 45 minutes
- 8x8 pan + 1 (12-cup) muffin pan: bake the muffin pan for 25-30 minutes, and about 45 minutes for the 8x8