Bacon Pesto Homemade Mac and Cheese

Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 40 min


  • 1 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups whole milk plus 1 cup, divided
  • 1 cup mild shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces prepared pesto
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked bacon, crumbled


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Swirl pan until butter is melted then whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Whisk for 2 minutes, until bubbly and thick.
  3. Slowly whisk in 3 cups milk until well combined. Continue whisking and stirring until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses until melted. Place cooked pasta into a large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour in cheese sauce, stirring to combine. Stir in pesto then add bacon pieces saving 1 cup for garnishing plates. Stir until combined. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve warm. Mac and cheese will set and get thick if not served immediately. To loosen sauce add splashes of additional milk to desired consistency.

Makes 8-10 Servings

Ham and Cheddar Green Chili Breakfast Sandwich

Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min


  • 4 slices ham, cut 1/4 inch thick. Should fit inside English Muffin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 whole mild green chili peppers from can, drained and trimmed to fit inside English Muffin
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked hash browns
  • 4 English Muffins, split, toasted and lightly buttered


  1. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place ham slices into skillet, cooking each side until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Wipe skillet to remove any black bits from the ham then spray skillet with non stick cooking spray and place back over medium heat. Cook eggs in batches if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Flip eggs then top with green chili and slice of cheese. Cover skillet to melt cheese for a minute or so. Remove from heat.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons of cooked hash browns onto bottom layer of toasted English Muffin. Top with cooked slice of ham then egg, green chili and cheese. Close with top English Muffin. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 Servings

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