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Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro Photo by: Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

Bacon Mac

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.

Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2009

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

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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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 399
  • Fat: 13.8g
  • Saturated fat: 8.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrate: 48.7g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 44mg
  • Iron: 2.1mg
  • Sodium: 544mg
  • Calcium: 358mg
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