Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winner, Winner, Mac & Cheese Dinner!

Sorry I’m a day late with the results of the GIVEAWAY!  I was going to post this yesterday when we got home from California, but Diesel and I were tired, so we decided to take a nap, while Jeremy went to work…and yea…that was the end of that.

So, I had a total of 19 entries.  According to Random.org, the lucky winner is…

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#11 Michele P., who will be using this apron and measuring spoons to make tamales and cookies!  Yum, yum!  Congratulations Michele…I’ll be sending you an email today.  Thanks for all who entered my GIVEAWAY.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to have more in the future.  Now, on to today’s recipe!

This is an easy and delicious recipe for macaroni and cheese from Cooking Light.  It’s a lighter version of mac and cheese, due to the reduced fat cheese and the skim milk in the recipe, but you’d never know that it was “light,” because it’s creamy, cheesy and bacony!  The only change I made was I added 4 slices of bacon, instead of 2 because come on…seriously…only 2 pieces of bacon in 6 servings?!  That’s NOT enough, if you ask me!  Pair this Bacon Mac with a side salad and you’ve got a delicious, healthy and easy meal. 

Enjoy!

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Ingredients.

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Hot, out of the oven.

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Mmmm, cheesy!

Bacon Mac, by Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4  teaspoons  salt, divided
  • 12  ounces  strozzapreti or penne pasta
  • 4  teaspoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2  cups  skim milk, divided
  • 2  cups  finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/4  cup  sliced green onions
  • 1  teaspoon  hot sauce
  • 1/4  teaspoon  pepper
  • 2  slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Bring 6 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add 1 cup milk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; let stand 4 minutes or until it cools to 155°. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, onions, hot sauce, pepper, and bacon; stir. Add pasta; toss. Spoon into a 2-quart broiler-safe dish coated with cooking spray; top with 1/2 cup cheese. Broil 7 minutes.

13 comments:

  1. this looks awesome! i love mac and cheese!

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  2. mmm, looks yummy! Thanks again and have a great New Year!

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  3. Looks delicious! Bacon makes everything better. ;-)

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  4. OH gosh! I need some of that!

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  5. Mmm...bacon mac! Sounds delicious. Your blog is so cute!

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  6. i saw this recipe in cooking light & meant to make it! thanks for the reminder. yours looks delish! i think it's time for lunch now...

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  7. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. This looks like a delicious meal, and bonus it's healthy!

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  9. yaaaa-uuuuum! mac & cheese for me puh-lease! ;)

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  10. Hi Sara! I got the very cute apron and measuring spoons last Friday! Sorry for the delay in letting you know :) I love the magnetic measuring spoons and we made cookies from scratch using them this past weekend so they sure came in handy! Have a great week!

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  11. Homemade mac and cheese is my favorite! Oh and the bacon in it... couldn't be better. :)

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