Ham & Bacon Mac & Cheese in Poblano Cups

August 1, 2013 by Kenmore

There is nothing like a great homemade macaroni & cheese to take you back to childhood. Memories of my mother & grandmother making & serving this will always come to mind right from the very first bite. I have now passed their macaroni & cheese down to my children as well. For my entry, I used our family recipe & added a few twists. The addition of ham & bacon, as well as baking it inside a poblano pepper added a perfect smoky flavor in every bite. The hint of thyme added so much freshness. Topping it with a poached egg took it over the top making it a perfect meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


preparation time
30 mins

cook time




8 poblano pepper

16 ounces fusilli or corkscrew pasta

8 tablespoons butter

0.5 cup flour

4 cup milk

1 teaspoons freshly ground nutmeg

1 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves divided

3 cup cheddar cheese shredded

1 cup gruyre cheese

2 cup ham cubed

20 slices bacon cooked & crumbled

1 cup pecorino romano cheese grated

16 large eggs


Step 1

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil.. Cut peppers in half lengthwise & remove seeds. Boil peppers 3-4 minutes & drain on a towel.

Step 2

Add pasta to boiling water & cook for 1 minute less than package directions & drain.

Step 3

While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a sauce pan. Add in flour, mix well & cook for 4-5 minutes.

Step 4

Whisk in milk stirring constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Season with nutmeg, salt, pepper & of the thyme.

Step 5

Melt in the cheddar & Gruyere cheese. Add ham, bacon & pasta and mix well.

Step 6

Spoon mixture into peppers, sprinkle with Pecorino Romano. Place peppers in a baking dish & bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown on top

Step 7

A few minutes before removing peppers from the oven, fill a large sauce pan 1/2 way with water & bring to a boil. Reduce boiling water to a simmer & season with salt. Gently drop eggs, one at a time, into water. Use a spoon to nudge the whites around the yolk. Cook for 3-4 minutes until whites are set. *cook the eggs in several batches.

Step 8

Remove eggs from water & drain. Place an egg on top of each pepper. Garnish with remaining fresh thyme leaves.


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