Habanero Penne and Cheese

By cleanfreshcuisine  ,

May 6, 2017

Habanero penne and cheese is a spicy, delicious twist on the traditional mac and cheese! Try this for dinner tonight!

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • 20 mins

    20 mins

    40 mins

  • Yields: 8 Servings


1 Pound Penne Pasta

1 Habanero Pepper, cleaned and finely minced

1/4 Cup Butter

1/3 Cup Flour

2 3/4 Cups Milk

1 1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

1 Tsp. Black Pepper

3 Tbsp. Dried Oregano

3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

2 Tbsp. Butter


Butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish; set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and rinse.  Set aside in a large bowl.

Clean Habanero pepper and mince very finely.

Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a medium saucepan.  Add minced Habanero and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add flour and whisk well until smooth.

Pour in milk, oregano and pepper and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly.  Add cheese and stir until melted.

Pour over pasta and mix well together.

Place pasta mixture into prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle with bread crumbs and dot with 2 tablespoons of butter.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.