Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

You can use cavatelli, gnocchi, or campanelle pasta instead of the elbow macaroni called for in this quick casserole recipe.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
10 mins
Cook:
10 mins
Bake:
30 mins 350°F
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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients
4
strips bacon
1
large sweet onion, thinly sliced
6
ounces dry elbow macaroni
8
ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 cups)
2
ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1
cup half-and-half or light cream
1/8
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble. Reserve bacon drippings in skillet.
  2. Cook onion in reserved bacon drippings for 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. Set aside.
  3. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and place in a 1-1/2-quart casserole. Add the crumbled bacon, onions, 1-1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the blue cheese, half-and half, and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Stir gently. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes more or until top of casserole is brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

(Creamy Macaroni and Cheese)
    Per serving:
  • 331 kcal cal.,
  • 18 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 45 mg chol.,
  • 280 mg sodium,
  • 26 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 2 g sugar,
  • 16 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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