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Four Cheese with Bacon Mac

Makes: 12  servings
Yield: 10 cups Prep 10 mins Cook 10 mins Bake 350°F 20 mins Broil 3 mins
Four Cheese with Bacon Mac
Ingredients
  • 1 box (1 pound) cavatappi
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups  2 percent milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon  onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  pepper
  • 1/2 pound  sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup  shredded colby-Jack cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup  shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 8 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese (6 ounces)

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. Cook cavatappi 8 minutes in boiling water, then drain. Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels. Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan. Add butter.

3. Whisk in flour until smooth. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. In large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-Jack and mozzarella.

4. Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 1-1/4 cups of the cheddar mixture. Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

5. In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil and broil 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.

nutrition facts
  • Servings Per Recipe 12
  • cal.(kcal)404
  • Fat, total(g)21
  • chol.(mg)63
  • sat. fat(g)11
  • carb.(g)33
  • fiber(g)2
  • pro.(g)20
  • sodium(mg)616
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet