Hot Bacon Cheddar Mac

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When you want Mac & Cheese to be a whole meal – you add bacon, chicken and a little bit of a kick! That’s how I came up with Hot Bacon Cheddar Mac – and man was it a hit at my house.

Hot Bacon Cheddar Mac

The thing I love about learning to make sauces from scratch is that you can tweak them to make very different dishes that are essentially the same thing. Sometimes it’s because you want to use up what’s in your cupboards and fridge and sometimes its because the month has gotten away from you and you gotten make due with what you have. As they say – necessity is the mother of invention!

Hot Bacon Cheddar Mac

I almost always have some form of pasta, chicken, bacon and cheese in my home. They are my staples because I know I can always makes something tasty with it. I also like to keep a variety of mix-ins like green chilies and jalapenos. If you wanted to give this mac and cheese an even bigger kick you could use a can of diced jalapenos instead. My littles can’t quite handle that, so I used the green chilies this time.

Now let’s get cookin’!

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Hot Bacon Cheddar Mac

When you want Mac & Cheese to be a whole meal – you add bacon, chicken and a little bit of a kick!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, mac & cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes, spicy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • lb Chicken Breast
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½inch pieces
  • lb Short Pasta elbows, penne, rotini, etc.
  • 2 Scallions chopped

For Cheese Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 7 oz can Green Chilies diced
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a frying pan over medium high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to paper towel covered plate.
  • In a sauce pan over medium high heat, add chicken and garlic. Cover with water and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from water and chop.
  • Add pasta to boiling water. Cook as directed on package. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water to arrest cooking process. Return to pot.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic salt. Once melted add flour and mix together. Cook for 3 minutes then add chicken broth. Cook for 3 minutes and add green chilies. Cook another 2 minutes then whisk in heavy cream. Cook for 2 minutes and add cheese (one handful at a time) until completely melted.
  • Pour cheese sauce over cooked pasta. Add chicken and half of bacon. Stir until fully combined. Serve in a shallow pasta bowl and garnish with remaining bacon and scallions.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:

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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.

2 thoughts on “Hot Bacon Cheddar Mac

  1. That looks fabulous!! I often make mac and cheese into a meal by adding in some diced ham and peas. Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

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