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Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese recipe
photo by:kraft
This macaroni and cheese recipe gets a nice smoky taste—and great color—with chopped bacon and fresh baby spinach.
time
prep:
25 min
total:
45 min
servings
total:
6 servings, about 1 cup each
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What You Need

3
cups  medium pasta shells, uncooked
1
pkg.  (6 oz. ) baby spinach leaves
4
slices  OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
2
Tbsp.  flour
2
cups  milk
2
cups  KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/4
cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It

HEAT oven to 350°F.
step 1
COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding spinach to the boiling water for the last minute.
step 2
MEANWHILE, cook and stir bacon in large saucepan until crisp. Use slotted spoon to remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Add flour to drippings; cook and stir 1 min. or until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until thickened.
step 3
ADD 1 cup cheddar and Parmesan to saucepan; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until melted. Add pasta mixture and bacon; mix well.
step 4
SPOON into 1-1/2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheddar. Bake 20 min. or until heated through.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve this main dish with crunchy, raw vegetables and your favorite fresh fruit to round out the meal.
Variation
Prepare using fat-free milk and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Special Extra
Stir 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes into the pasta before spooning it into the prepared casserole.
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