Meet the Sullivans: Bacon Mac

December 11, 2010

Bacon Mac

Get a printable copy of this Cooking Light recipe here.


I made this Mac and Cheese recipe last night. I really took my time with it being Friday and all (as you'll see in the "prep" photo). It turned out pretty well. Within 30 seconds of his first bite Keith said, "Mmm, this is really good babe." It has the hub's seal of approval!

In addition to 12 oz penne pasta you will also need:

 {See what I did there with the writing on the picture itself? I'm gettin' all fancy on you!}
  • 3 1/4  teaspoons  salt, divided
  • 12  ounces  strozzapreti or penne pasta
  • 4  teaspoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  cups  skim milk, divided
  • 2  cups  finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4  cup  sliced green onions
  • 1  teaspoon  hot sauce
  • 1/4  teaspoon  pepper
  • 2  slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Cooking spray
Preheat broiler. Bring 6 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.

 
Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat. 

 Gradually add 1 cup milk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. I underlined "constantly" because I always take these sort of directions lightly, as I did last night. Mine ended up with some lumps, which I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to have.

 Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until it cools to 155°. I don't have a food thermometer, so I just guessed when I thought it was cool enough.

 Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese.

 Stir until the cheese is well mixed and begins to melt into the milk.

 Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, onions, hot sauce, pepper, and bacon; stir.

 Add pasta and toss. 

 Spoon into a 2-quart broiler-safe dish coated with cooking spray and top with cheese, I always add more cheese than recipes call for, you should too, it's better that way I promise.

 Broil 7 minutes.

 Voila! I let it stand for a few minutes so it could solidify a bit more.

Yum!

I looove Mac 'n Cheese. There are all kinds of recipes and variations and I think this one was pretty tasty. The green onion, bacon and cheddar cheese provide all the flavor you need. The hot sauce helped too though. It could have used more cheesiness. Overall, it was great. Keith gives this a solid 4 out of 5 and I will make it again someday.

1 comment:

Kit said...

This looks really good!!! Thanks for sharing!