Jalapeño Popper Pasta Salad with Ultimate Creamy White™ Cheese Sauce

Yield: 35 servings | Serving Size: 8.8 ounces [1 1/2 cups or two #6 scoops]
Child Nutrition: 1 meat/meat alternate, 2 oz. eq. grain | HACCP Process III.

Jalapeño Popper Pasta Salad recipe


  • 2 teaspoons | Garlic powder
  • 11 1/2 ounces (2 2/3 cups) | Cooked turkey bacon, diced
  • 3 ounces (1 cup) | Green onions, sliced



Cook macaroni to al dente according to manufacturer's instruction. Drain.


Combine Ultimate Creamy White™ Cheese Sauce, jalapeños, water and garlic powder in large bowl. Stir until well combined.


Add macaroni, turkey bacon and green onions to sauce mixture; toss to combine. Cover pasta until ready to portion.


Refrigerate immediately.

CCP: Maintain cold food at 41°F or below


To serve, portion two #6 scoops salad into desired container. Best if consumed within 24 hours of preparation.

CCP: Maintain hot food at 140°F or above

Recipe Tips

Tip #1

Include 3/4 cup carrots and/or 1/2 cup fruit from your inventory to make this a reimbursable meal.

Tip #2

Pasta type will affect viscosity of the pasta salad. If the pasta salad is too tight, add milk or water to loosen. If a creamier salad is desired, cut pasta amount in half for a 1 M/MA and 1 oz. eq. grain recipe. Note this will affect nutrition.

Tip #3

Serve with a whole grain roll for additional grain. Add popcorn chicken for additional M/MA or top with LAND O LAKES® Mild Cheddar Cheese Cubes for additional meatless M/MA.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size8.8 ounces [1 1/2 cups or two #6 scoops]
  • Calories367 calories
  • Fat 14 grams
  • Sat. Fat 7 grams
  • Trans Fat 0 grams
  • Cholesterol 39 milligrams
  • Sodium 610 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates 44 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 7 grams
  • Sugars 2 grams
  • Protein 20 grams
  • Vitamin A 28 IU
  • Vitamin C 3 milligrams
  • Calcium 260 milligrams
  • Iron 1.97 milligrams

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