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Disney’s Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese

Disney's Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese

The Walt Disney World Epcot Food and Wine Festival introduces a bunch of fun dishes for everyone to try each year. Disney put out a recipe book with a number of popular recipes that included this one for Disney’s Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese. Mac and Cheese is a favorite in our house and I thought the flavors sounded fantastic in this one. Turns out I was right. This is a perfect side dish for any meal. This would pair perfectly with Big Thunder Ranch BBQ Ribs or the Royal Street Chicken Salad. Of course, it can be a meal in itself. I know that is what we did when we first had it as we could not stop eating it!

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Disney’s Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

Disney's Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese

Disney's Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Disney's Pepper Bacon Mac and Cheese. Mac 'n cheese with a fantastic twist, a slight bit of heat and full of flavor. Perfect side dish for your favorite meal.


Pepper Bacon Macaroni

  • 8 oz. macaroni
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 slice white onion
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

Cheese Sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • ¼ cup Gruyere cheese. shredded


  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 green onions, sliced, if desired
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Chop bacon into pieces and cook in medium skillet until crisp. Chop into small pieces and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of grease. Return grease to the skillet and heat over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until vegetables are warm, but still crisp. Set aside.
  3. Heat cream in large saucepan over medium heat. When it begins to simmer, slowly stir in all of cheese, mixing well to melt cheese.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, vegetables and cheese sauce, stirring until ingredients evenly dispersed and pasta completely coated in sauce.
  5. Pour all from bowl into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish and top with breadcrumbs. Bake 15 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with bacon and green onions, if desired. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 695mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g

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  1. This sounds delicious. I love the bit of heat and the bacon!

  2. Love the addition of both bacon and jalapeño to this mac n cheese. I know it would be devoured here.

  3. Ned says:

    This is really awesome! Bacon and Jalapeño provides such a great flavor profile! Can’t wait to give this a try.

  4. Love this! Bacon and cheese with a kick of jalapeno sounds awesome.

  5. wendyklik says:

    With the bacon, jalapeno and cream cheese this could be called Mac and Cheese Poppers. Sounds amazing.

    1. Well, there is no cream cheese in the recipe but I guess if you were to add it you could make a popper 🙂

  6. Anything added (especially bacon) to mac and cheese is good by me!

  7. My family will love this mac and cheese! Can’t wait to try it.

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