Baked Macaroni and Cheese I

Baked macaroni and cheese is my husband’s favorite dish. It is so easy to make, but tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. This version of baked mac ‘n’ cheese uses three types of cheese for a creamy, flavorful sauce that everyone will love!

prep: 10 mins cook: 35 mins total: 45 mins Servings: 5 Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 clove garlic, minced

8 ounces penne pasta

2 slices bacon

2 cups milk

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, chopped

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.

In a large pot with boiling salted water cook pasta until al dente. Drain.

In a medium skillet saute the chopped onion, and minced garlic. Take off heat and add chopped cooked bacon and set aside.

To make the sauce, in a medium saucepan melt the butter or margarine over low heat. Once melted, add the flour and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Gradually add milk and continue stirring until thickened. Stir in 2 cups of the grated Cheddar cheese and stir until melted.

Combine cooked pasta, sauteed vegetables and sauce. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish. Add the last cup of grated Cheddar cheese to top of mixture.

Bake uncovered in preheated oven until cheese on top is melted and brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts:

Per Serving: 570 calories; protein 28.2g; carbohydrates 43.9g; fat 31.6g; cholesterol 95.2mg; sodium 580.3mg.

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