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Main dishes

Cheddar-Bacon Mac & Cheese

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There's really only one way to improve on a classic mac and cheese made from scratch with milk, butter and cheddar. Naturally, it involves adding bacon.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
40 min
servings
total:
6 servings, 1 cup each

What You Need

1-3/4
cups  elbow macaroni, uncooked
3
Tbsp.  butter or margarine
2
Tbsp.  flour
2
cups  milk
2
cups  KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
3
slices  OSCAR MAYER Center Cut Bacon, cooked, crumbled

Make It

HEAT oven to 350°F.

COOK macaroni as directed on package. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Stir in flour; cook 2 min. or until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk; cook on medium heat until mixture comes to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer on low heat 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add 1-1/2 cups cheese; cook and stir 5 min. or until melted.

DRAIN macaroni. Add to sauce with bacon; mix lightly. Spoon into 1-1/2-qt. casserole; top with remaining cheese.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Healthy Living
Save 50 calories and 6 g of fat per serving by preparing with fat-free milk and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
Substitute
Prepare using KRAFT Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese.
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