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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. — Stephanie Savage, Rushville, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

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 through. Combine cheese and remaining parsley; sprinkle over casserole.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 307 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 597mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Michael
    Jan 5, 2020

    Love this stuff minus the cheese. Ate A LOT of this in college. We called it hangover soup.

  • Bevjeans
    Sep 27, 2011

    My grandmother taught me this recipe. However, we used tomato soup. So goooood, reminds me of my childhood.

  • 3girls4boys
    Jun 3, 2011

    It was a hit in my house! The boys all loved the flavor that the bacon brought to the dish. It was a little on the sweet side from the tomato sauce/paste, but not over whelming. I will be making this again, altough I will be adding some mushrooms, and either some cream cheese or cottage cheese to make the sauce a little bit creamier.