Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Total Time
35 Mins
Yield
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

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

erinmatthews's Review

ESmith6
February 21, 2015
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AnnaRos
September 08, 2014
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nomsdos
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

DianaR62
January 24, 2014
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chefkate1
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.

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crosscourt
December 30, 2013
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MBWright
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

shoegal04
January 25, 2013
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erinmatthews
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.