Serve up an Italian-style mac and cheese with this Macaroni Casserole recipe. Our Macaroni Casserole has grape tomatoes, bacon, and thinly sliced basil.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 6 servings
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 cups cavatappi or elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
1-3/4 cups KRAFT Shredded Italian* Five Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA, divided
1/3 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 425ºF.
Spread tomatoes onto one side of parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet; spread bacon onto other side. Bake 15 min. or until bacon is crisp and tomatoes are roasted.
Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 min. Whisk in flour; cook and stir 1 min. Gradually whisk in milk; cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan; cook and stir 1 to 2 min. or until shredded cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
Drain bacon on paper towels; drain pasta in colander. Add both to cheese sauce along with the tomatoes and basil; mix well. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; top with remaining cheeses.
Bake 15 min. or until heated through.
Add 1 tsp. ground black pepper to cheese sauce along with the bacon, pasta, tomatoes and basil.
Serve with a crisp mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Dressing.
Prepare using penne, rotini or another small pasta shape.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 28g
Dietary Fibers 3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
6 servings, about 1 cup each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.