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BLT Mac and Cheese

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  • 30 min prep time
  • 1 hr 5 min total time
  • 9 ingredients
  • 10 servings
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This guaranteed crowd-pleaser combines creamy mac ‘n cheese with bacon, spinach and tomatoes.

Arlene Cummings
May 18, 2015

Ingredients

1
loaf (32 oz) prepared cheese product, cut into large cubes
1/4
cup butter
4
cups whole milk
1
package (16 oz) elbow macaroni
2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
2
cups small cherry tomatoes
2
bags (5 oz each) fresh spinach
1
lb bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
1
cup Progresso™ plain or Italian-style panko crispy bread crumbs

Steps

  • 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.
  • 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.

Expert Tips

A little chopped sautéed onion can be added for variety along with a little ground mustard.

The cheese sauce can also be melted in a saucepan on the stove in place of the microwave.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
803.8
% Daily Value
Total Fat
37.2g
57%
Saturated Fat
16.0g
80%
Cholesterol
75.0mg
25%
Sodium
976.4mg
41%
Total Carbohydrate
85.8g
29%
Dietary Fiber
6.1g
24%
Sugars
12.9g
Protein
31.0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
20.40%
20%
Calcium
42.80%
43%
Iron
27%
27%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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