Asparagus Mac & Cheese

A great Homemade Mac & Cheese recipe is a must in every kitchen – IMO! And once you have a solid one, you can start to play around with what you add into it to make it more fun, fancy, or flavorful. This go around I am going to add in some asparagus and BACON! to make Asparagus Mac & Cheese a new favorite in your house.

Asparagus Mac & Cheese

The made-from-scratch sauce is a huge part of this meal – and it really is super simple. Making sauces from scratch is what Home Cookin’ is all about. If you can whisk – you can make this velvety sauce. And once you have the process down you can change it up with different cheeses, different seasoning and different flavors. Sometimes I add in some lemon juice to give it brighter flavor or I add in some paprika to give it a little kick.

You might be thinking – is this just a side dish? The answer is NO Asparagus Mac & Cheese is not meant to be a side dish – but it could be if you wanted. You could serve it with some baked chicken or grilled shrimp or maybe a pork tenderloin. But trust me when I say this recipe is enough to make a meal out of it. And every other week I try to do a ~mostly meatless~ option for dinner! I can’t get away with no meat at all with my houseful of carnivores, but bacon usually placates them. I usually put out a nice simple green salad (lettuce, cucumbers, cheese, tomatoes, croutons and dressing of choice).

Asparagus Mac & Cheese Bowls

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Asparagus Mac & Cheese

Adding Asparagus and BACON to a delicious made from scratch cheese sauce makes this dinner a winner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus, bacon, mac & cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • lb Short Pasta rotini, shells, elbows, penne
  • 1 lb Asparagus cut in 2-in pieces
  • 1 lb Bacon cut in 1/2-in pieces
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Flour AP or Whole Wheat
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Parsley

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta
  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, add bacon pieces. Cook until crispy and remove to a plate with a paper towel.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook as directed on the package. In the last 2 minutes of cook time add the asparagus to the boiling water. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water to arrest cooking process then return to pot.
  • While the past is cooking, in a separate saucepan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Cook until butter is completely melted then whisk in flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth and cook for 3 minutes more. Whisk in heavy cream and cook 3 minutes more. Add salt and begin to add cheese by the handful, stirring regularly, until all is added. Then stir in parsley.
  • Pour sauce over cooked pasta and asparagus and combine well. Stir in half of cooked bacon. Serve in a pasta dish with a sprinkle of remaining bacon on top.

Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

7 thoughts on “Asparagus Mac & Cheese

  1. Chef Dennis – Kissimmee, Florida – I’m Chef Dennis, join me on my Culinary Journey as I share recipes and stories from my kitchen and adventures around the world. Let me help you create some deliciousness in your kitchen the easy to make recipes I share.
    Chef Dennis says:

    This Asparagus Mac & Cheese looks absolutely scrumptious!

  2. tarahlynn – Northern US – Come check us out at www.GrandmasHouseDIY.com - we took the house my mom grew up in, the 100 year old farm my grandparents lived in for over fifty years, and made it a home for us to grow old in! Come see how we did it! :)
    tarahlynn says:

    Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s hosue we go link party. I’ll be featuring you when the next party starts on my blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Thank you so much! That is super exciting. I can’t wait to see it.

  3. Create With Joy – USA – Create With Joy is an inspirational blog full of ideas & resources to help you live a more creative life! For recipes, crafts, blogging tips, and more, visit http://create-with-joy.com!
    createwithjoy says:

    Estelle, this looks SO good! Thanks for sharing at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy – so excited to FEATURE YOU this week! 🙂

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