Easy Bacon Mac & Cheese

The weather has gotten chilly here, more like a typical March, and with cooler weather comes my need for warm comfort food.  I didn’t want to blow my diet but was really craving mac and cheese.  I also had some left over turkey bacon from my BLT sandwiches from last nights dinner that I needed to use up.  Together they made a dynamite pair.  If you would like to make bacon mac and cheese…

Here’s what you need…

3 cups of whole grain elbow macaroni

1 3/4 cups of  milk (I used skim), warmed 1 minute in the microwave or on the stove top

2 1/2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I used reduced fat)

1 1/2 tablespoon of butter

2 tablespoons of flour

2 teaspoons of Worchestire sauce

pinch of pepper and nutmeg

salt to taste

1/4 cup of bread crumbs

grated parm

Here’s what you do…

Boil the noodles according to package directions.  In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add in the flour and whisk continuously until lightly browned.  Slowly pour in the milk and bring to a gentle simmer, whisking continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and add in the cheddar cheese and stir to combine.  Once the macaroni is cooked, drain and add  to the cheese sauce.  Add in the Worchestire sauce, salt, pepper and nutmeg.  Stir to combine.  Place into an 8×8 baking dish.  Top with the bread crumbs, grated parm and a drizzle of olive oil.  Broil until browned.

Cook turkey bacon according to package directions.  Cut into strips and add to the mac & cheese.  Warm and comforting.  Just what I needed on a cold spring evening.  Enjoy!

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