Creamy Spinach-Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

Raven Higheagle

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@ravenhigheagle

I love when the house smells like bacon. It’s such a homey, comforting aroma that lingers long and reminds you of the delicious meal from early in the day. And around here, we love our breakfast. Even better, though, when you can cook up a batch of bacon for dinner!
Just remember to throw in an extra few strips for mid-cooking munching!
For an easy, extra tasty spin on traditional mac, sizzle up a skillet of this Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese. It makes a delicious side to grilled meats and salads, and a super indulgent meal all on its own.


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Rating:

Serves:

Serves 6 (1-cup servings)

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

20 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

3 c
medium pasta shells, uncooked
6 oz
baby spinach leaves
4 slice
bacon + 2 for munching
2 Tbsp
flour
2 c
whole milk
salt and pepper, to taste
2 c
shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese, divided

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to package instructions.
2
Add spinach to the boiling water for the last minute. Drain and set aside.
3
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet to medium heat.
4
Once hot, add bacon and cook ‘til crisp.
5
Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving drippings in pan.
6
Whisk flour into drippings, cooking for 1 minute.
7
Gradually whisk in milk. Cook for 3-5 minutes, whisking often, until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
8
Add 1 cup shredded cheese, stirring until melted.
9
Stir in pasta-spinach mixture and chopped bacon, mixing well.
10
Pour mixture into a 2-qt. casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.
11
Bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy