Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Total Time
35 Mins
6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Family favorite

September 28, 2015
Always a hit.  We make this often.  The hot sauce adds a nice little twist.

erinmatthews's Review

February 21, 2015

amyevers's Review

September 08, 2014

gcatkids's Review

April 20, 2014
I made this for Easter. Doubled the bacon. Sautéd regular onions and red bell pepper in a drizzle of bacon grease and added to the pasta. Omitted green onion. Didn't add hot sauce to the entire dish but added a few drops to my serving which I think made the difference between 3 and 4 stars. It was one of the better mac n cheese recipes I have tried and one of the easiest.

DianaR62's Review

January 24, 2014

Roehrich's Review

January 19, 2014
Was extremely creamy and delicious! Used 4 slices of bacon and full amount of cheese; though next time, could use less bacon and cheese and would still be great. Made at least 6 servings.

LisaMik73's Review

December 30, 2013

RLoushin's Review

October 11, 2013
I must have done something wrong because the sauce was grainy. I did use reduced fat sharp cheddar finely shredded. Otherwise, this dish had great flavor and the right amount of heat. I also used 8 small slices of center cut bacon. I would have preferred a little crunch on the top like breadcrumbs rather than more cheese. Probably won't make again.

shoegal04's Review

January 25, 2013

nomsdos's Review

January 24, 2013
Good low calorie option but certainly not something I'd serve to company unless company was a WW meeting. Not slamming it, just saying it's not up to par with what I would make for company. I have added grilled chicken with the other stuff, also good and a bit more of a meal. I also add a touch more hot sauce and onions.