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Creamy Bacon Mac and Cheese

Eliza Cross
Homemade stovetop creamy bacon mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food! You'll love the tender macaroni topped with creamy, cheesy sauce and crunchy bacon.
4.85 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Bacon Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 822 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 thick-cut slices lean bacon
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons salted or unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until browned and crispy. Drain on paper towels. When cool, crumble in small pieces.
  • Cook the macaroni in a large pot of boiling salted water over medium-high heat as package directs.
  • While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the flour, stirring until blended. Slowly add the milk and half and half, stirring constantly, until smooth. Heat until mixture bubbles, and cook for two minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off the heat and cool for 1 minute. Add cheese a handful at a time, stirring until all of the cheese is incorporated and melted.
  • Drain the macaroni in a colander and return to the pot. Pour the cheese sauce over the hot pasta and stir to combine. Add half of the crumbled bacon, stir, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve in individual bowls and garnish each serving with the remaining crumbled bacon. Makes 4 servings.

Notes

This recipe may be easily doubled. Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat until hot and bubbly, adding a little extra milk if necessary.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 822kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 43gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 32gPolyunsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 1261mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3g
Keyword bacon recipes, easy dinners, mac and cheese
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