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Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe
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Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Bacon and jalapeno pepper update ordinary mac and cheese, giving it great grown-up taste. I serve this comforting dish throughout the year.—Shelly Boehm, South Bend, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 438 calories, 26 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 1,106 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute jalapeno in reserved drippings. Add milk and cheeses to pan; cook and stir until blended. Stir in the onion powder, chili powder, salt, pepper and pepper sauce.
  3. Drain macaroni; add to pan with the onions and cooked bacon. Mix well.
  4. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 16 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Bacon Mac & Cheese in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p113

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 438 calories, 26 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 1,106 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"By far the best mac n cheese I've ever made and i'm a mac n cheese snobb. The only things I did different was add more jalapeno and one habanero (I like it really spicy) and I ommitted the green onion (simply because I didn't have any) and the recipe came out to die for. I will definitely be making this again soon!"

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Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"for added color add some broccoli. Good way to sneak it in under the kids nose"

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"Very good. Added panko topping"

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Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"My family gives this one a big thumbs up! The bacon really brings it a step up. Great side dish for any meat. JudyLA"

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2015

"Attn: luvmac -- when you buy shredded cheese if you look at the bags - an 8 oz bag = 2 cups."

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