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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Spinach-Bacon Mac & Cheese

Tired of the same old mac & cheese?  Crisp applewood smoked bacon and chopped spinach really adds another dimension to our comfort food favorite.


1 lb medium shell macaroni
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed 
4 thick slices applewood smoked bacon
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
4 tbsp. flour
4 cups milk
4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook macaroni as directed on package adding spinach for the last minute.  Drain. Cook bacon in large saucepan until crisp.  Remove bacon reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings.
  • Add unsalted butter to drippings.  Add flour; cook and stir until bubbly.  Gradually stir in milk.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in 3 cups Cheddar and Parmesan and cook and stir until melted.  Add bacon and macaroni mixture.  Mix well.
  • Spoon into 1-1/2 quart casserole.  Top with remaining Cheddar Cheese and a few bits of bacon.  Bake 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.



5 comments:

  1. Oh my heavens, bacon+cheesy goodness, I am so hungry right now. That looks like comfort on a spoon.

    Blessings, Catherine.

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  2. I know this would be great! Ya gotta love the pig:@)

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  3. Yep, that's bound to be a good one, Patti.

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    1. Thanks Rosemary! I was! - something different!

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