Simply had to spice up this traditionally boring recipe a little bit and I also love it baked with the bread crumb topping rather than serving directly out of the saucepan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Meanwhile, melt 1/4 cup butter in a 3 to 4 quart saucepan, stir in flour and cook over medium heat until smooth (about 1 minute). Add half & half, Dijon mustard and salt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened (about 3 to 4 minutes).
Stir in cooked macaroni, cheese and jalapeno and then spoon into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Mix breadcrumbs and remaining melted butter in a small bowl and sprinkle over macaroni and cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and golden brown.
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