Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon

Bacon mac and cheese
The Spruce
Ratings (122)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
742 Calories
48g Fat
43g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 742
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 25g 127%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 1200mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 33g
Calcium 770mg 59%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cooked bacon adds smoky flavor to the cheese and bread crumb topping in this flavorful and creamy macaroni and cheese casserole. Feel free to make it without the addition of green onions. I thought they went well with the bacon flavor, but if you're not a fan of onions, you can leave them out.

Serve this macaroni and cheese with sliced tomatoes or a tossed salad for a satisfying family meal.

Ingredients

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni (2 cups dry)
  • 5 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 4 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • Dash garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (8 ounces, divided)
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, add the bacon.

    Frying bacon.
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  3. Cook until the bacon is browned and crisp, turning frequently.

    Browned bacon.
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  4. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Set aside.

    Draining bacon.
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  5. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water following package directions.

    Boiling macaroni.
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  6. Drain the macaroni in a colander, rinse with hot water, and set aside.

    Straining macaroni.
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  7. Heat oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).

  8. Lightly grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

    Greased casserole dish.
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  9. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the green onions and garlic powder. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute.

    Melting butter, green onions and garlic powder.
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  10. Add the flour and stir until well blended and smooth. Continue cooking, stirring, for 2 minutes.

    Adding flour to melted butter.
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  11. Gradually add the milk and cook, stirring, until thickened. Stir in salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

    Adding milk to butter and seasonings.
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  12. Set 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese aside and stir the remaining 1 1/2 cups of cheese into the sauce. Continue cooking and stirring until the cheese has melted.

    Sauce for macaroni and cheese.
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  13. Combine the cheese sauce with the drained macaroni and then spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

    Macaroni and cheese sauce.
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  14. Crumble the bacon and sprinkle it evenly over the top of the casserole.

    Bacon crumble topped macaroni and cheese.
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  15. Sprinkle the reserved 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the bacon.

    Shredded cheese on macaroni and cheese.
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  16. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Put the breadcrumbs in a small bowl and drizzle the butter over them. Toss the breadcrumbs lightly to coat with the butter.

    Breadcrumb mixture for mac 'n cheese topping.
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  17. Sprinkle the crumbs over the cheese and bacon.

    Baked macaroni and cheese with bacon.
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  18. Bake the macaroni and cheese casserole for 25 to 30 minutes, until lightly browned and bubbly.