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Bacon and Caramelized Onion Mac and Cheese

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Bacon and Caramelized Onion Mac and Cheese
  • Prep Time 55 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 12
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A hearty casserole for dinner! Enjoy this cheesy bacon and pasta dish that’s topped with Progresso™ bread crumbs.

Ingredients

2
large sweet onions, sliced (4 cups)
1
package (16 oz) uncooked penne rigate pasta

Cheese Sauce

1
tablespoon butter or margarine
2
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/2
teaspoon Dijon mustard
2
cups fat-free (skim) milk
1/2
cup reduced-fat sour cream
2
oz Gruyère cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)
3
slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled

Topping

1/2
cup Progresso™ panko crispy bread crumbs
1/4
cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions

  • 1 Spray 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add onions to skillet; cook uncovered 10 minutes, stirring every 3 to 4 minutes, until tender and starting to brown. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 35 to 40 minutes longer, stirring every 5 minutes, until onions are deep golden brown; set aside.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on package except omit salt. Spray 11x7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Pour pasta into baking dish; keep warm.
  • 3 While pasta is cooking, make cheese sauce. In 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and mustard with wire whisk. Cook about 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly; remove from heat. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in caramelized onions and all remaining cheese sauce ingredients.
  • 4 Heat oven to 400°F. Pour cheese sauce over pasta in baking dish. Sprinkle with topping ingredients. Bake uncovered 10 minutes or until heated through (topping will not be brown).
Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 serving
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
50
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
(
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
14%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
15mg
5%
Sodium
210mg
9%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
42g
14%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
,
Sugars
5g
)
Protein
10g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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