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Hot Bacon Cheddar Mac

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!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
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.
Keyword bacon, mac & cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes, spicy
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