Spinach & Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

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Jennifer Bass

By
@jenniebug1978

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

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
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

How to Make Spinach & Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

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.

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About Spinach & Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

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



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