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One-Pot Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese

One-Pot Smoky Bacon Mac and Cheese
  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 6
Everybody’s favorite childhood dish is all grown up. Our adult-version of mac and cheese has everything you could ever want out of a pasta dish. It’s smooth and creamy with a touch of smokiness, thanks to the Gouda and bacon, and it’s ready in just 40 minutes. It’s almost too Gouda to be true—sorry, we had to.
Updated June 27, 2019

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
  • 12 oz uncooked penne pasta (3 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz container)
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 3 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese (12 oz)
  • 2 cups slightly packed baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions

Steps

  • 1
    Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard fat.
  • 2
    Add pasta and broth to skillet over medium-high heat; heat to simmering. Cook 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until broth is nearly absorbed, and pasta is al dente.
  • 3
    Add milk; heat to boiling. Stir in cheese; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted and liquid is reduced to a creamy sauce.
  • 4
    Stir in bacon and spinach; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Top with green onions.

Expert Tips

  • Use freshly shredded cheese for the creamiest texture when melted.
  • The pasta in this recipe has extra flavor because broth is used instead of water and absorbed by the pasta during cooking.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/8 Cups
Calories
560
Calories from Fat
200
Total Fat
22g
34%
Saturated Fat
12g
61%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
75mg
25%
Sodium
960mg
40%
Potassium
430mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
59g
20%
Dietary Fiber
3g
13%
Sugars
6g
Protein
31g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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