Friendship Friday Featured Asparagus Mac & Cheese this week!

Amazingly kind words shared about this recipe over on the Create with Joy blog today! And I couldn’t agree more – when I think of comfort food I think of Mac & Cheese too. The Asparagus Mac & Cheese recipe was featured in this week’s Friendship Friday Blog Hop.

This recipe has been one of my favorite to make a video of so far. In case you missed it, here is the video:

And here is the recipe!

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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.

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