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Bacon and Macaroni

 Bacon and Macaroni
I've prepared this dish on the stovetop and in the microwave...either way, it's a down-home dinner that my husband can't resist. The blend of bacon and cheese is unbeatable.
8 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 14 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon; drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings
  • in skillet. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons
  • parsley, sugar, garlic powder and pepper to drippings; cover and
  • simmer for 8-10 minutes. Stir in macaroni; heat through, stirring
  • occasionally. Combine cheese and remaining parsley; sprinkle over
  • casserole.
  • Microwave Directions: In a 2-qt. microwave-safe baking dish, heat
  • bacon on high for 2-1/2 minutes; discard fat. Microwave on high 2-3
  • minutes more or until bacon is crisp. Reserve 1 tablespoon
  • drippings; stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons
  • parsley, sugar, garlic powder and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir
  • in macaroni; cover and cook on high for 1-2 minutes or until heated

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Bacon and Macaroni (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • through. Combine cheese and remaining parsley; sprinkle over
  • casserole. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 307 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 597 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.