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White Cheddar Spinach-Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

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Kids are so charmed by this white cheddar mac & cheese with bacon that they don't even seem to notice there's spinach in it.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
40 min
servings
total:
6 servings

What You Need

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

Make It

HEAT oven to 350°F.

COOK macaroni as directed on pkg., adding spinach for the last min. Cook bacon in large saucepan. Remove bacon; save drippings in pan.

ADD flour to drippings; cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until thickened.

STIR in 1 cup Cheddar and Parmesan; cook and stir until melted. Add bacon and macaroni mixture; mix well.

SPOON into 1-1/2-qt. casserole; top with remaining cheddar. Bake 20 min.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Prepare using fat-free milk and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Special Extra
Stir 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes into macaroni mixture before spooning into casserole.
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