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Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe
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4.94 from 16 votes

Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

This bacon mac and cheese is so creamy and delicious - no lack of cheese or bacon in it - my most luscious mac and cheese yet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 683kcal
Author: Savory With Soul

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp garlic about 2 cloves, minced
  • 4 slices bacon meaty and thick cut
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • cups macaroni uncooked
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp salt more to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • cups cheddar cheese sharp, freshly shredded
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup milk or cream

Instructions

  • In Dutch oven, cook bacon for 5-10 minutes or until browned and crispy. Remove bacon from pan to a paper-towel-lined plate. Remove all but 1 Tbsp of the bacon fat from the pan.
  • Turn heat to low and add garlic to the bacon fat in the pan. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Turn heat up, and add broth, pasta, paprika, salt, and black pepper to the pan and bring almost to a boil. Lower heat to 3-4, cover, and cook 5 minutes.
  • Stir mixture and cover again, turning heat down to low.
  • Cover and cook 5 more minutes. Uncover and stir. (Macaroni should be done by this point and much of the liquid absorbed by the pasta.)
  • Turn heat off. Add butter, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese. Stir and cover for 5 minutes (with heat still off).
  • Uncover and stir until cheese is fully melted and blended. Add parmesan, cream/milk, and crumbled bacon. Stir until all is incorporated. Taste and add more salt if needed. Serve right away.

Nutrition

Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1433mg | Potassium: 452mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1063IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 469mg | Iron: 2mg