Bacon Mac N’ Cheese

How could you make mac and cheese even better? Add Bacon! This was one of the many wonderful dishes that I sampled at the Pillsbury Bake-Off. It’s incredibly tasty and loaded with bacon goodness. The cheese sauce is creamy and rich. It was prepared with penne, but you could also use traditional elbow macaroni.

This recipe uses a new product, Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Cooking Sauce. These cooking sauces come in 5 flavors, and can be made into many delicious recipes.

Bacon Mac N’ Cheese

Ingredients

3 cups uncooked penne pasta (10 oz)
1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ Creamy Three Cheese cooking sauce
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic in water (from 4.5-oz jar) or 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
2 oz American cheese loaf, shredded (1/2 cup)
1 bag (2.5 oz) cooked real bacon pieces or bits
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper, if desired
Garnish, if desired
Progresso® Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs

Instructions

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.

Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat cooking sauce, milk and garlic to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses until melted. Stir in pasta, bacon and bell pepper. Spoon into casserole.

Bake uncovered 20 minutes or until edges are bubbly. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

6 servings (1 1/2 cups each)

Recipe and photo courtesy of Progresso Foods.

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