Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
Bacon Macaroni and Cheese – super creamy stove top mac and cheese with plenty of smokey bacon. Pure comfort food that is ready in minutes!
This summer my son went on his first trip with a friend. It was only one night, but almost two full days. While they were gone they obviously had to eat out for their meals. When they came home all I heard about, aside from how much fun he had, was how good the bacon macaroni and cheese he had was. I was immediately asked if I would try to make it at home.
I was told even the dads on the trip tried it and said it was some of the best mac and cheese they had ever had. So I have taken it upon myself to try to top it! And I must say, I think I have done it. I never tasted the original, but my son is raving about my version.
Today I am excited to partner with the American Dairy Association Mideast again this month. In June I made Yogurt Marinated Chicken for National Dairy Month. And today we are talking about back to school!
Milk is the number 1 food source for calcium and vitamin D in a childs diet. My son always drinks milk for lunch and dinner, especially during the school year, where he gets a carton of milk every day at school. Even if he picks chocolate milk, he is still getting the same 9 essential nutrients as white milk. And shockingly the flavored milks only contribute to 4% of the sugar in a kids diet. Less than 1 tsp compared to the over 7 tsp in soda and sports drinks.
Experts say you should get 3 servings of low fat or fat-free dairy a day, and most of us only get about 2. This bacon macaroni and cheese can help bridge the gap with all the cheese and milk in there.
This mac and cheese isn’t exactly health food. I did try to cut back on the fat some, and used whole milk instead of heavy cream. You could even swap it out for 2% if you wanted to make it a little better for you. It will not be quite as thick and creamy though. Another easy homemade Mac n’ cheese is my Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese.
Try this bacon macaroni and cheese today, and you will not be disappointed. It is made on the stove top and is ready in no time. So you can have a dairy packed, comfort food meal as a family, even on busy weeknights!
For more information about dairy nutrition, to find delicious new recipes and to meet Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers, visit www.Drink-MIlk.com, and follow the American Dairy Association Mideast on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
- 4 Tbls Butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp dried mustard
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded
- 1 1/2 cups white cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2/3 cup good quality Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- Bring a large pot of water to boil, and cook macaroni according to the package directions
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk for 5-6 minutes until golden in color. Slowly whisk in the whole milk. Mix in salt, pepper and dried mustard. Continue to whisk until thick and bubbling.
- Add cheese and stir until melted and completely smooth.
- Add cooked macaroni and crumbled bacon.
- Serve immediately.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 750 Total Fat 49g Saturated Fat 25g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 19g Cholesterol 138mg Sodium 1724mg Carbohydrates 39g Fiber 2g Sugar 7g Protein 39g