Bacon Mac & Cheese

April 4, 2012



I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is the absolute best mac and cheese you will ever taste.  The best part – it’s not that bad for you.  I used absolutely NO BUTTER, skim milk and whole wheat pasta.


I found this recipe on one of my favorite sites – Iowa Girl Eats.  She got this recipe here.


Tim and I both LOVED this. Try it and you won’t be disappointed!


Healthy Bacon Mac & Cheese

(Recipe Inspired Here

  • 3 1/4 Tsp salt, divided

  • 12 oz strozzapreti or penne pasta (I used whole wheat bow-tie pasta)

  • 4 Tsp all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk, divided

  • 2 C finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

  • 1/2 C sliced green onions (I used onion salt instead because my husband hates onions and I try to be a good wife)

  • 1 Tsp hot sauce

  • 1/4 Tsp pepper

  • 2 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • Cooking spray

Preheat broiler. Bring 6 quarts water and 1 Tbsp salt to a boil.  Add pasta; cook according to the package.  Drain.


I LOVE BACON! I made sure to get an extra thick slice for this recipe.  Yumm. Cook your bacon and crumble into pieces.


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.  Remove from heat, let stand 4 minutes or until it cools to 155 degrees. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese.  Add 1/4 Tsp salt, onions (salt), hot sauce, pepper, and bacon; stir.


Add pasta; toss.  Spoon into a 2-quart broiler-safe dish coated with cooking spray; top with 1/2 cup cheese.  Broil 7 minutes.






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Hi, I'm Liz

I'm a midwestern girl who lives in Iowa with my amazing husband, Tim and our incredible son Theodore.  I love to cook, entertain family and friends, visit unknown travel destinations, and enjoy the occasional martini.  


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