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Bacon Mac and Cheese

Sharing my Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe today that will have your guests coming back for more helpings! It is perfectly cheesy, flavorful and great for feeding a crowd.mac and cheese recipe

Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe, these words just go together! This is a variation of my Perfect Mac and Cheese that really takes mac and cheese to the next level! Take a look and make yourself a big pot….today! Enjoy!

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Mac and Cheese Recipe

How To Make The Perfect Mac and Cheese-1

Let’s start by cooking your pasta. Make sure you do NOT overcook your pasta. You want a nice bite to your pasta so there’s some texture. I always cook it 1 minute less than the box says so there’s a little bite. It also cooks more in the cheese sauce.

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Once your pasta is cooked al dente, drain.

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Let the pasta sit aside for a few minutes while you prepare the roux.

How To Make a Mac and Cheese Roux

Melting Butter

To make a simple and flavorful roux, start by melting a stick of butter in a medium saucepan.

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Whisk in the flour.

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Whisk in the salt and pepper. A very important step is to continue stirring for a good 3-4 minutes until roux turns a bit darker in color. It becomes richer and even more fabulous.

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Slowly stir in the milk until mixture is thick and creamy. This step will take a couple minutes over medium heat.

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Bring on the cheese!

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I prefer a finely shredded mild cheddar. It melts quickly and has a perfect “cheddar” flavor.

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Time to transfer your cooked pasta back to a large dutch oven or pot.

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Pour that fabulous cheese sauce over your noodles.

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Almost there!

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Perfect! You can eat the mac and cheese just like this if you’d like or keep scrolling down for the rest of the recipe.

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Green chilies and chicken please.

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Bacon and salsa verde.

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I used about 1/4 cup chopped chives. Green onions work too, but I like how small the chives are 🙂  Give it a good stir and you are ready to eat! Note:  To thin the sauce add tablespoons of milk until your desired consistency. We like it thick, so you be the judge.

Mac and Cheese Recipe

Green Chili, Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best homemade pasta sauce, homemade mac and cheese, mac and cheese, mac and cheese recipe, macaroni and cheese recipe, perfect mac and cheese
Servings: 8
Calories: 373 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 1/2 pound dry small pasta I used elbow
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups milk I used skim
  • 2 cups finely shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • two 4 ounce cans diced green chilies
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cups cooked crumbled bacon pieces (about 1 pound cooked)
  • 1/4 cup mild salsa verde
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  2. To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux will gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in cheese until melted.
  3. Transfer cooked pasta to large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine.
  4. Add green chilies, chicken, bacon and salsa verde, stirring to combine. This is a thick and creamy sauce. To thin sauce, add additional tablespoons of milk at a time until at desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Green Chili, Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 1198mg52%
Potassium 352mg10%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 13.4mg16%
Calcium 282mg28%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    I’m seeing so many delicious mac and cheese recipes around recently that it’s making me crave some desperately! Going to have to make this one – the salsa verde is right up my street.

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    carrian says:

    and there she is. WOW!

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    Are you kidding me?? Completely IN LOVE with this mac and cheese!! Will you come cook me dinner??? 🙂

  4. 4

    I am such a sucker for mac and cheese, but green chili chicken mac and cheese? I AM IN LOVE!

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    Tieghan says:

    An wow! Just wow! This is some lick the bowl clean mac and cheese. I NEED this!

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    Maria says:

    Another winning mac and cheese!

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    Liz says:

    Delicious. Thank you!

  8. 8

    Ok – now I want the amped up version of mac and cheese! Wow.

  9. 9

    I would love this!! I’ll be making it soon (minus the Green chilies 🙁 hubby is allergic) but everything else looks great!

  10. 10

    What an amazing twist!! Sounds totally drool worthy!

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    Jamie G says:

    Such a grown up mac-n-cheese. Sounds wonderful!

    Do you have troubles with clumping cheese sauce when you use bagged shredded cheese? Yours looks pretty creamy.

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    Kristen says:

    Such a good looking pot of mac & cheese! YUM!

  13. 13

    I am completely dead right now.

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    Amanda B. says:

    Question: My tried and true mac & cheese recipe is from Betty Crocker. After I mix the cheese sauce with the pasta and mix-ins, it goes into a casserole dish to be baked up with a nice crusty layer. Yours seems to be a nice, thick consistency like mine, but I love the crispy bits of browning on the edges.

    Why no bake time for this one? Personal preference?

    I love this assortment of mix-ins, btw. I might have to give it a go!

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      Jenny says:

      Good question. I too love a good baked mac & cheese with a crusty top. However, sometimes the baked mac & cheese is not as cheesy as I’d like so I wanted to create a stove top mac & cheese. You will not regret trying it. Please let me know how it goes.

  15. 15

    this is another winner, Jenny!! Looks so good!

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    Amanda says:

    Oh my gosh. Swoon. Must make this ASAP. Your dinner recipes are the best, Jenny!! 🙂 xoxo

  17. 17

    I LOVE bacon in mac n cheese!! It’s the best combo ever!

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    Lizzy says:

    Holy Cow, this looks delicious!

  19. 19

    Mac and cheese is my weakness, you are making me cry… from happiness! 🙂

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    JulieD says:

    Love it, Jenny!

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    Angelica says:

    Looks great will try sure to love

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    Nicole says:

    Green chilies are like candy in my house. Looks like I know what to make for dinner. Yum!

  23. 23

    Chives and bacon? Yes please.

  24. 24
    marla says:

    Mmmmmm. It is like fall here & this would be the perfect dinner!

  25. 25
    Gaby says:

    dying for a tub of this right now Jenny!

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    Chels R. says:

    Those bowls are so cute!!!!

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    Nichole says:

    OMG. Pinned!

  28. 28

    What a warm and comforting meal! Looks delicious, Jenny! 🙂

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    My eyes refuse to leave the screen and this mac and cheese recipe. Oh my, I can’t wait to try it. Yup, it’s going on next week’s menu. Saved!

  32. 32

    […] and cheese is my absolute favorite food and this Green Chili, Chicken and Bacon Mac and Cheese (from Picky Palate) looks like a great way to switch up traditional macaroni and […]

  33. 33

    I can’t thank you enough for this delicious recipe. The hubs and I loved it.

  34. 34
    Lilo says:

    This was great, but I’d suggest using a full pound of pasta. It seemed like the perfect amount for all ingredients!

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    Melanie says:

    Oh my, this looks divine! Talk about taking your mac and cheese and kicking it up a notch!

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    Camille S says:

    I have made this several times and my whole family LOVES it. Thank you for sharing this goodness!

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    Courtney says:

    I have been making this since you initially posted the recipe and my super picky husband and I devour it every time! We’re expecting our first little bean in a few weeks and I’m trying to stock up on freezer meals. Do you think this recipe would hold up in the freezer if I undercook the pasta a bit?

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