Spinach & Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

Jennifer Bass

By
@jenniebug1978

I saw a recipe similar to this in a magazine and decided to try my own take on it.


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Serves:

6

Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

25 Min

Ingredients

3 c
uncooked bow-tie pasta (8 oz.)
1/2 lb
bacon, sliced into ine-inch pieces
2 Tbsp
butter
2 clove
garlic, finely minced
2 small
onions, finely chopped
1/4 c
all-purpose flour
salt & pepper, to taste
2 c
milk
2 c
shredded, mild or sharp cheddar cheese
6 oz
fresh spinach leaves
cherry tomatoes, for garnish, optional

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In 5-quart Dutch oven, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Return to Dutch oven; cover to keep warm.
2
Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until crisp; remove to paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings.
3
In 3-quart saucepan, heat butter and reserved bacon drippings over medium heat until butter is melted. Add garlic and onion; cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in flour, salt and pepper with whisk until smooth. Stir in milk; heat to boiling. Stir in cheese until melted and sauce is smooth.
4
Pour cheese sauce over pasta; stir until coated. Stir in spinach. Reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon; stir remaining bacon into pasta mixture. Divide pasta mixture among 6 serving bowls; garnish with reserved bacon.
5
Garnish with cherry tomatoes, sliced green onions, or sliced baby bella mushrooms.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Hashtags: #cheese, #spinach