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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How to make Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon

Tonight I wanted to use some items from my stockpile to make dinner. I had plenty of pasta, several bags of cheese, and cans of evaporated 2% milk, so I decided on macaroni & cheese! I got a great deal on Hormel Bacon Pieces at Publix (50 cents a bottle with their coupons!) so I wanted to use those as well....

On the back of my Mueller's Pasta box I discovered this recipe:

Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni & Cheese

8 oz (1/2 pkg) Mueller's Macaroni
1/4 c margarine or butter
3 Tbsp flour
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 c milk (this is where I used the evaporated milk)
2 c shredded cheese (I used some sharp cheddar and some colby jack)
1/3 c bacon pieces or bits (my addition - not in original recipe)
1 c croutons

Cook elbow macaroni for 9 minutes, drain, cover & set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In medium saucepan, melt margarine, blend in flour, mustard, salt & pepper.
Cook until mixture is smooth and bubbly, gradually add milk.


Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; simmer one minute, stirring constantly.
Gradually mix in cheese, stir over low heat until cheese is melted.


Add in bacon.


Add pasta, mix together lightly. Pour into buttered 2 quart casserole dish.


Top with croutons, dot with butter, cover with foil, and bake for 25 minutes.


I can't tell you how delicious this was! Everyone enjoyed it.




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