spinach & bacon mac 'n cheese

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By Jennifer Bass
from Richmond, KY

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 time 25 Min
cook time 25 Min

Ingredients For spinach & bacon mac 'n cheese

  • 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 sm
    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

  • 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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