Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac 'n Cheese 

Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac 'n Cheese   Recipe
Add flavors to your dinner table with this bacon, mac and cheese featuring pasta and Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ cheese sauce – ready in 30 minute


6 servings

Recipe from

Progresso™ Recipe Starters™

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes


3 cups uncooked penne pasta (10 oz)
1 (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy three cheese cooking sauce
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic in water (from 4.5-oz jar) or 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
2 ounces American cheese loaf, shredded (1/2 cup)
1 bag (2.5 oz) cooked real bacon pieces or bits
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper, if desired
Garnish, if desired
Progresso® Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs


1.  Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.

2.  Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat cooking sauce, milk and garlic to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses until melted. Stir in pasta, bacon and bell pepper. Spoon into casserole.

3.  Bake uncovered 20  minutes or until edges are bubbly. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

February 2013
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