Bacon Mac

Bacon Mac Recipe
Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
This macaroni and cheese meal is sure to gather rave reviews from kids and adults alike. This family-friendly one-dish meal gets it richness from sharp cheddar cheese, which mellows the heat from the hot sauce.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Total time: 35 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 399
Fat 13.8 g
Satfat 8.5 g
Monofat 4 g
Polyfat 0.8 g
Protein 20 g
Carbohydrate 48.7 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 44 mg
Iron 2.1 mg
Sodium 544 mg
Calcium 358 mg

Ingredients

3 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
12 ounces strozzapreti or penne pasta
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups skim milk, divided
2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Bring 6 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.

3. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add 1 cup milk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until it cools to 155°. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, onions, hot sauce, pepper, and bacon; stir. Add pasta; toss. Spoon into a 2-quart broiler-safe dish coated with cooking spray; top with 1/2 cup cheese. Broil 7 minutes.

Note:

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September 2009
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