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Bacon Mac & Cheese

This dinner in a bowl has got it all — sharp Cheddar, creamy sauce, and crunchy bacon.

Yields

4 servings

Total Time

Prep Time

Cook Time

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. ziti pasta
  • thawed
  • diced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 c. shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire

Instructions

Coat 1 1/2-qt. baking dish with cooking spray. 

Cook pasta according to package directions, adding peas during last 3 min. of cooking time; drain.

In nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, 10 min., stirring; drain. Discard drippings.

In same skillet over low heat, melt butter. 

Whisk in flour; cook, whisking, 1 min. Whisk in next 4 ingredients; over medium heat, cook until thickened, whisking constantly. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups cheese and Worcestershire until smooth.

Heat broiler. 

Add pasta and peas to sauce; heat. Stir in bacon. 

Transfer to baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Broil 2-3 min.

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