Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)

This hearty one-dish meal combines smoky bacon with tangy cheddar for a family-friendly midweek meal that comes together in a flash.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Increase heat to medium-high. Add butter and oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add flour, and sauté 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in mustard. Gradually add 1 cup milk, stirring constantly with a whisk, and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Add cheese, salt, and pepper, stirring with a whisk until smooth.

Step 2

Place pan over low heat. Stir in bacon, pasta, and peas; cook for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, tossing to coat.

Ratings & Reviews

piggywiggy's Review

November 20, 2013
After reading the reviews, I was a little hesitant to make this but I tried it anyway. My husband and two kids loved it. They even ate the peas. I followed the recipe fairly closely except for adding extra garlic, four pieces of bacon instead of two and a little more salt and pepper. I can see how some reviewers might think of the flavor as "bland" but the extra ingredients seemed to take care of that, as everybody wanted seconds and said they loved the flavor. I will be making this again.

LilySueB's Review

November 03, 2010
I thought this was a good recipe. It had a tangy mustard flavor, and my boyfriend and I enjoyed it. I only made slight modifications - I used 3 slices of bacon just because two didn't sound like enough, and I used 2% reduced fat milk because that's what I had. I thought it was a delicious spin on mac n cheese. I would make it again. I agree that there isn't much cheesy flavor, but I suppose you could sprinkle more cheddar on top if you prefer. I stuck close to the recipe, and I served it with a colorful green salad.

promogal's Review

October 26, 2010
This is a 3 1/2 star. Good weeknight dinner, tasty.

ashley57's Review

October 29, 2011
From the picture I was expecting so much more:( All the different flavors together was a little too confusing for my taste. I didn't expect nor think it was anything like Mac n' Cheese. I was expecting to be able to hide the taste of the peas from my kids-it didn't work.

Otterstamp's Review

December 04, 2010
I made several changes to the recipe: I added extra cheese (jack and fontinella) and a few handfuls of chopped kale. It was not too mustardy, grainy, or bland (maybe because of the extra cheese?). Very good the way we made it.

dmt4641's Review

January 13, 2011
This was a quick, easy and kid-friendly weeknight recipe. Based on reviews, I put in 1/2 of the mustard and upped the cheese a little. Both my husband and 3 yr old gobbled it up. While it is not super cheesy, it still has good flavor from the onions, bacon and mustard with just a hint of cheese flavor. But if you are looking for a creamy cheese sauce, this is not the recipe for you.

PKathleen's Review

September 11, 2013

Barkly's Review

August 05, 2011
If you thought this was going to be mac & cheese, you probably didn't like it. It's a good, quick, easy pasta dish. I used diced ham, left out the tbsp of butter, and used skim milk. I cut the recipe in half, but it still made 4 servings...2 dinner portions & 2 smaller next day lunch portions. I even weighed the pasta, so know that I didn't use extra.

lakeshorelady's Review

November 01, 2010
There just wasn't anything that stood out as "delicious." I think the dijon mustard took away from something that could be better. The best part was definitely the bacon.

SaraG7's Review

November 16, 2010
I found the sauce a bit grainy. This dish tasted good but it wasn't amazing.