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