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Easy Mac & Cheese
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Easy Mac & Cheese

Easy Mac & Cheese is an easy family dinner idea that is ready & on the table in just 30 minutes. Rich & creamy & loaded with bacon, this mac & cheese is one of our most requested dinner recipes – ever!
Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bacon, mac and cheese, pasta
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pack thick bacon- cooked & chopped optional
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt though I usually just sprinkle in the seasonings to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp minced onions
  • ½ tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 cup half & half
  • cups shredded mild cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Cook your bacon- cut & set aside.
  • Prepare pasta noodles to package directions- cooking al dente so they hold up in the mixing process.
  • Drain & set aside in large covered pot.
  • Prepare your roux by melting your butter in a large pot over med/high heat.
  • Once it’s almost melted quickly whisk in your flour & seasonings.
  • Keep it moving & wait for it to darken slightly & come to a thick creamy texture.
  • Whisk in your half & half & increase your heat to high to get mixture to thicken- keep whisking.
  • Stir in your cheeses & heat until all cheese is melted & combined – at least 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour into your pot of noodles- add bacon.
  • Stir well to combine & coat everything with cheese.