If you can't find white cheddar cheese, just use a regular sharp cheddar.
This pasta has a nice kick to it - cut back on the jalapeño if you don't love spicy food, or add a bit more pepper if you're all about the spice!
Omit the bacon if you'd like to make this dish vegetarian.
This mac and cheese is easy to make ahead! Just prepare as directed, then let cool on the counter instead of baking right away. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge or freezer until you're ready to make it. Bring dish back to room temperature on the counter, then bake as directed (you may have to add a bit more time to make sure it heats all the way through - just keep an eye on it and use your judgment!)
Baking this mac and cheese is totally optional - if you're not a fan of baked mac and cheese, just skip this step and serve it as stovetop mac and cheese!