Oh… do I have your attention?
I knew the bacon would do it.
So, when we lived in Hawaii, one of my besties (and my summertime hiking partner) used to make some BOMB mac & cheese, potato salad, quiche…well, suffice it to say that anything she has ever made was effing delicious. For the last few days, I’ve been craving a fancy, homemade mac & cheese like she used to make. I told Lucas so yesterday and he ended up taking me to a hole in the wall BBQ joint with NO mac & cheese instead. The pulled pork and home-brewed root beer was fantastic, but it didn’t hit the right spot. So while I was shopping for some back-to-school lunch stuff for my bebes this morning, I threw a little something into the cart so that I could try and quelch that craving of mine. Now…to kind of end story time here-since I’m sure you just want the recipe- I did a good job. Fancy mac & cheese was a huge success with my family. Yaya! Another dish for the write-in recipe book. So, let’s get to it, shall we?
A Covered in Grace “Original” recipe…adapted from memories of Michele‘s delicious food.
Bacon & Chive,Cheddar Mac & Cheese Print It’s sooo good!
Start to Finish: 40 minutes, give or take Yield: 4-6 servings, depending on how hunnngry yall are
3/4 lb of shell pasta
package of bacon, chopped
2 cups sharp cheddar
8 oz cream cheese, cubed
4 tbsp butter
1 small onion, chopped/diced
2-4 cloves garlic, pressed (or chopped)
1 cup milk (or heavy cream)
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup chives, chopped (or to taste)
dash of pepper
*optional: raw broccoli florets
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
1. Prepare noodles as the box suggests.
2. Pan fry the chopped bacon, reserve the grease/drippings for later.
3. Melt the butter in a clean skillet & cook the onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes-until tender.
4. In a small bowl or larger measuring cup: combine butter “mix,” broth, milk/cream, & bacon drippings.
5. In a large bowl: combine cooked noodles, bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chives, pepper *optional: add broccoli florets.
6. Spread noodle mixture evenly into oiled casserole dish. (I used Pam cooking spray.)
7. While stirring constantly, pour butter-milk mixture over noodles. *may have to spread onions out.
8. Bake 25-30 minutes.
Yall, it was delicious.
My husband devoured it and declared that it should definitely make repeat appearances. The kids loved it.
I asked them if there was anything they’d change about it and my husband said, “NO!” The girls, however, both said that it was a little too cheesy. So, maybe if you’re not the biggest cheese fan you’ll reduce the portions a bit… but honestly, if you don’t like cheese…maybe mac & cheese is the wrong meal decision? Ha!
Alrighty. If you make it, I hope you LOVE it.
It’s not “healthy.” It’s not low-fat. It’s not low-carb. But it is, mostly, pretty clean. And it’s definitely tasty. Enjoy!