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Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

My Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping is a perfect dinner that everyone will love!

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I am thrilled to be partnering with Safeway today to bring you a perfect Summer Entertaining recipe today. I developed a new mac and cheese and can’t say enough about it!

I was given a Safeway Gift Card to shop for all of my ingredients to develop this recipe. Safeway has always been one of my favorite grocery stores. My family grew up visiting their stores throughout our city.

There’s nothing I love more than creating an ultra cheesy mac and cheese recipe. I thought it would be sinfully delicious to add crunchy bacon and a pretzel crumb topping. You are going to love this one!

Safeway is having a great Summer Savings Sweepstakes. They choose 5 winners every day that will each win a $100 store gift card. Enter HERE.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I chose to highlight these two products you can find at Safeway. Tillamook® Medium Cheddar Cheese and Keebler® Town House® Pretzel Thins Oven Baked Crackers for the topping. 2 of my favorites.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I used the Town House Pretzel Thins and crushed them up for the topping with the bacon.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

You’ll make a simple cheese sauce that gets added to your cooked pasta.

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Add the cheese sauce to your noodles.

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Top your mac with more cheese 🙂

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Add your pretzel topping over the cheese.

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Add lots of bacon pieces on top and your ready to bake!

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

 Crispy topping with cheesy goodness underneath. Perfect dinner for entertaining your guests.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Grab a spoon and dig in! Be sure to enter Safeway’s daily sweepstakes for your chance to win $100 store gift card! Enter HERE.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping


Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel ToppingPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 35 min


  • 3/4 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups Tillamook® Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup finely crushed Keebler® Town House® Pretzel Thins Oven Baked Crackers
  • 12 strips cooked, crumbled bacon pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. I recommend cooking the pasta a minute less than the 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 gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted.
  3. Transfer cooked pasta to 12-inch cast iron skillet over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine.
  4. Top mac and cheese with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese, pretzel crumbs and bacon pieces. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and hot. Serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Safeway Inc, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. 1
    Orla says:

    Hi Jenny, this looks awesome!
    I’m from Ireland where we don’t have boxed mac and cheese, and it’s hard to find macaroni pasta shapes but I hunted down a great recipe and make it from scratch every so often. I always dice up some bacon and mix it through the pasta (in Ireland a meal isn’t a meal if you don’t have meat in it 😛 ) but the last time I was rushing so skipped the bacon- my boyfriend couldn’t hide his disappointment! LOL! Think bacon is a must for mac and cheese! 😉

  2. 2

    Bacon. Pretzel. Mac and Cheese.
    I can’t even. This is amazing Jenny! I wish I could dive face first into that pot right now!

  3. 3

    Wow what’s there not to like??? What guy first of all doesn’t love bacon? and Pretzels and yes Mac and Cheese! Thanks for this one!

  4. 4

    Seriously pretzels make my salty world go round. Love this. And I’m sure the kids would dig right in!
    Happy Wednesday Jenny!

  5. 5
    Naomi says:

    That’s so sinfully good!

  6. 6

    Girl, you have found a way to combine everything I love in this world!!

  7. 7

    wow. all of my favorite things in one dish. i really don’t think it can get any better than this!

  8. 8

    this just looks so naughty and delicious!

  9. 9

    Love the pretzel and bacon topping!

  10. 10

    That simple sauce looks good enough to eat on it’s own!

  11. 11
    Kat says:

    I have a go-to macaroni and cheese recipe that I love, so I’m not normally interested in trying new ones. This looks so good though. I think I have to try it!

  12. 12

    Don’t you just love using the cast iron skillet? Great mac & cheese!

  13. 13

    Love LOVE this Jenny!

  14. 14

    I’ll take the whole skillet. K. Thanks.

  15. 15
    Virginia says:

    Oh my word. I’m adding this to the menu for next week!!!!!!!

  16. 16

    This is like the ultimate comfort food, Jenny!! Loving this!

  17. 17
    Gaby says:

    Totally craving this right now!

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    Karly says:

    That pretzel topping? Pure genius.

  20. 20

    Jenny, you’re the mac & cheese queen! Need this for our gloomy rainy day today.

  21. 21

    oh my gawd!!! this mac and cheese looks unbelievable!!! soooo good! love the idea of throwing pretzel thins on top! genius!

  22. 22

    This looks amazing!! Pretty sure this NEEDS to be my dinner tonight!

  23. 23

    Please pass the skillet! Love the combo of the cheddar (one of my faves) with the crunchy pretzels. And bacon…never a bad choice 🙂

  24. 24

    I never would have thought to add pretzels to mac and cheese, but I can imagine how good it! Especially with bacon. 🙂 This looks amazing!

  25. 25

    So my kids are going to DIE over this!

  26. 26

    Wowzers! The pretzel/bacon combo on top of mac & cheese sounds AMAZING!

  27. 27

    Girl . . . this sounds so dang good!!

  28. 28

    Looks like the perfect recipe for my family! Bacon, pretzels, buttery cracker, & cheese? Yum!

  29. 29

    I’m pretty sure you made this straight from my dreams!

  30. 30
    Kendray says:

    Made this for dinner on Saturday. It turned out pretty good… I feel like my cheese sauce could have used a little more liquid… but other than that, tasty.

    The one thing I might do differently is a purely logistical thing – when I was cutting into my skillet, the bacon and pretzels came off (I guess the melted cheese wasn’t quite enough to hold them on). I might put the bacon and half of the pretzels under the cheese, and then sprinkle the other half of the pretzels on top.

  31. 31
    Max says:

    Tastes great! I made it for my roommates and girlfriend and they couldn’t say enough greats things about it! It probably added a couple inches to my waist, but totally worth it!

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