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Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe

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. YIELD: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

Directions

  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  • 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. Add the onions, cooked bacon and reserved pasta to pan; mix well.
  • 3. 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.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 438 calories, 26g fat (13g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 1106mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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John
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2017

"Very nice texture and blend of flavors. Second time I used less bacon and a pound of ground beef. Then half cheddar, half smoked Gouda and the velveta. Saut?ed sweet onion in the bacon fat and mixed in six chopped up roasted Hatch peppers. Amazingly delicious."

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Swilliamson003
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"Very very good, did as recipe called for except added less Jalape?o. Everyone loved it."

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baglov04
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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eramascot
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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JudyVarnamCox
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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SusanH54
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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luvmac
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015 Edited Mar. 13, 2015

"I am confused on the amount of cheese. The recipe keeps saying add 1 cup (4 ounces) for the cheeses, BUT, a cup is 8 ounces. Is it supposed to be 4 ounces of each cheese, or 8 ounces???"

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rcfslp
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"Ridiculously easy and a crowd pleaser!"

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fuzzball5
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"This is the perfect mac and cheese recipe. I used half velveeta and half cream cheese and this worked very well. I made this with pork chops and the mac and cheese was eaten first. There was nothing left after the meal which made me happy:)"

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