BLT Mac and Cheese

This guaranteed crowd-pleaser combines creamy mac ‘n cheese with bacon, spinach and tomatoes.

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 5 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 10


loaf (32 oz) prepared cheese product, cut into large cubes
cup butter
cups whole milk
package (16 oz) elbow macaroni
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
cups small cherry tomatoes
bag (9 oz) fresh spinach
lb bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
cup Progresso™ plain or Italian-style panko crispy bread crumbs
  • 1 In large microwavable bowl, place cheese cubes, butter and milk. Microwave uncovered on High 8 to 10 minutes. Stir with whisk; microwave on High 4 minutes longer. Stir again; repeat microwaving until all cheese is melted and mixture can be stirred smooth, a total of about 15 minutes.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water 3 minutes less than directed on box (macaroni should be firm). Drain; place in 15x10-inch (4-quart) glass baking dish. Pour melted cheese sauce over macaroni; mix well. Stir in shredded cheese, tomatoes and spinach.
  • 3 Cover dish with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle bacon and bread crumbs evenly over top. Bake 5 minutes longer or until top is lightly browned. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving.
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