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bacon & chive, cheddar mac & cheese.


Covered in Grace: Bacon & Chive, Cheddar Mac & Cheese

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. 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?

See more recipes from Covered in Grace >> 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


Covered in Grace: Bacon & Chive, Cheddar Mac & Cheese 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. macNcheese4

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!

merry monday meet up!


It's time for another Monday Meet Up...Christmas-Style!
Since today is Christmas Eve,
and so many of us will be baking,
cooking, and sharing food....
I thought I'd share a brand-new
recipe that I just tweaked around
to make AMAZING.
You will thank me once you taste these suckers!

I present to you....

These began as Crack Muffins-
which are actually "Monkey Muffins"
But once you eat Monkey Muffins,
you can't stop... hence my dubbing
them Crack Muffins.
Anyways... one of my girlfriends turned me on to this super yummy recipe. And during Thanksgiving time last year, I substituted the banana for pumpkin. And. It. Was. Awesome. A few days ago, I decided to make some again... And before I popped those suckers in the oven, I thought a little sea salt would be a good idea. Boy was I ever right! Needless to say, there are no more in the house...after just a couple of days. Hope you all enjoy. Xxo

Recipe: Salted Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tBsp cinnamon
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
15 oz. canned pumpkin
dash of salt
sea salt
chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350°
1. Mix: flour, cinnamon, soda, dash of salt.. set aside
2. In another bowl: Mix: sugars, butter- cream until smooth
3. Beat eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla into sugar/butter mixture
4. Combine dry ingredients and sugar/pumpkin mixture
5. Add in chocolate chips
6. Spoon into a mini muffin pan
(I use about a TBsp per muffin cup and spray the pan with Pam first)
7. Sprinkle muffins liberally with sea salt before baking
Bake 14-16 minutes
And...check out these yummy
from Covered in Grace.
See you next week at the
Now, onto the Monday Meet Up! 
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