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creamy bacon chipotle mac n cheese

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Lora DiGs

I wanted to make mac and cheese. Had some bacon that I needed to use and was also curious about using evaporated milk for more creaminess. Not only did it come out creamy but it was delicious. After eating this my husband said it was spectacular.

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What a unique take on macaroni and cheese. The evaporated milk does indeed make this very creamy. Bacon and chipotle give the mac and cheese a nice smoky flavor. Chipotle also gives it a kick of spice. This was so easy to prepare on the stovetop. No oven needed. If you're looking to ramp-up your traditional mac and cheese, give this recipe a try.

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★★★★★ 2
serves 4?
prep time 10 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For creamy bacon chipotle mac n cheese

  • 4 c
    uncooked pasta, I used elbows
  • 4 slice
    bacon, chopped (reserve bacon grease and no this is not dietetic)
  • 1/2 c
    chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 12 oz
    evaporated milk (measured 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 c
    half n half
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped chipotle (from chipotle in adobo sauce add 1/2 Tbsp for less heat)
  • 3 Tbsp
    adobo sauce (add 1 or 2 Tbsp for less heat)
  • 2 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper

How To Make creamy bacon chipotle mac n cheese

  • Fried bacon on a paper towel.
    In a large frying pan, fry chopped bacon. Remove from the pan but leave bacon grease.
  • Cooking onions in the bacon grease.
    Add chopped onion and cook in grease.
  • Whisking in flour.
    Add flour. Cook and stir for a minute.
  • Evaporated milk, half n half, chopped chipotle, adobo sauce, black pepper, and bacon in the pot.
    Add evaporated milk, half n half, chopped chipotle, adobo sauce, black pepper, and cooked bacon. On medium heat stir until thick. Make pasta.
  • Stirring in cheddar cheese.
    Lower heat to a simmer. Add cheese to the thickened mixture and stir until melted.
  • Stirring in the cooked pasta.
    Add cooked pasta to creamy cheese mixture. Enjoy!
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    Update: Add broccoli florets and make this dish kinda healthy. :)