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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Yes!

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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

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Jenny
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  • 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.
  • Transfer cooked pasta to large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine.
  • 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

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1198mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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40 Responses
  1. Courtney

    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?

  2. Lilo

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

  3. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    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!

  4. Amanda B.

    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!

    1. Jenny

      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.

  5. Jamie G

    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.

  6. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

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

  7. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

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

  8. Cookbook Queen

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

  9. Julia @ hungryandconfused

    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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