Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Mac and Cheese is amazing. Mac and Cheese with bacon is more amazing. Mac and Cheese with bacon and its in the Cooking Light magazine the most amazing!!

This def was a much lighter version of thick mac and cheese. Husband and Brother In Law both approve, and mind you, they are not "light" type of people. Paul's request "more bacon". my response "it wouldn't be light you dope!" So to accommodate my dear husband, i think i will make with turkey bacon and add a little more for him.

Weight watcher folks, plan ahead for this meal. it's pretty high in points, but if you have a smaller breakfast and lunch, it's totally doable!

Bacon Mac
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 12 ounces strozzapreti or penne pasta
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk, divided
  • 2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Cooking spray


1. Preheat broiler.

2. Bring 6 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.

3. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add 1 cup milk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until it cools to 155°. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, onions, hot sauce, pepper, and bacon; stir. Add pasta; toss. Spoon into a 2-quart broiler-safe dish coated with cooking spray; top with 1/2 cup cheese. Broil 7 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

Calories 399; Fat: 13.8g; Protein: 20g; Carbohydrate: 48.7g; Fiber: 2g; Cholesterol: 44mg; Iron: 2.1mg; Sodium: 544mg; Calcium: 358mg

Weight Watcher Points-9

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