This is a great way to spruce up macaroni and cheese into a complete meal! Try using imitation bacon bits, if the real stuff is not readily available in your refrigerator.

Rob

Recipe Summary

Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare both boxes of macaroni and cheese according to package directions.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix together the chopped bell green pepper, onion, tomato, and crumbled bacon.

  • Mix in prepared macaroni and cheese to large bowl with vegetables and bacon. Stir to incorporate ingredients evenly. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish.

  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until crispy on top. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

695 calories; protein 40g; carbohydrates 53.6g; fat 35g; cholesterol 92.7mg; sodium 2429.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2010
Didn't everyone's Mom make this for their children at some point during their childhood? It may not be high-class cooking but it's pure comfort food at it's simplest. I suggest you saute the bell pepper and onion with a little garlic in a bit of the bacon grease and toss that with the cooked macaroni and cheese before adding the milk and butter. Then throw in whatever cheese you have on hand in the mix and a little on top and you've got a heck of a meal! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2010
This is not bad a good use of those pesky boxes of mac and cheese (bf bought them at Costco so we have way too many) but nothing special. I think it needs more seasoning and maybe a few more veggies. To be fair I didn't have any bell peppers so I left it out but it's still a lot of pasta to veggies. I'd add more--maybe some peas more tomato and more pepper plus those spices. This makes a ton so be prepared to 1/2 it feed a lot of people or have a lot of leftovers. Bf is going to be eating this all weekend...Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2010
Didn't everyone's Mom make this for their children at some point during their childhood? It may not be high-class cooking but it's pure comfort food at it's simplest. I suggest you saute the bell pepper and onion with a little garlic in a bit of the bacon grease and toss that with the cooked macaroni and cheese before adding the milk and butter. Then throw in whatever cheese you have on hand in the mix and a little on top and you've got a heck of a meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
We thought this was really GREAT! I made as written with the exception of cooking the onions and green pepper slightly before adding to the rest of the ingredients. Don't get me wrong I enjoy making my homemade mac and cheese but we also are fans of 'the blue box' and this was a great way to dress it up! I think next time I may add either some shredded cheddar or buttered breadcrumbs to the top before baking just because. This will definately be made again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2011
Although the ingredients list is short this dish was not as simple as I thought it would be. But it is tasty! I sauteed the bell pepper and onion in the bacon grease before adding to the macaroni and added italian bread crumbs to the top. Makes great leftovers too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2010
I made this without the bacon I thought it was pretty good!! I did use some leftover vleveeta kind of mac and cheese. I didn't follow the amount of veggies just how much I thought looked like enough. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2010
I thought this was a fairly good but basic recipe. Very easy to make and somewhat cheap to make. I omitted the bacon although I'm sure it would have added a good taste to it. I did make a few changes by adding a few spices - cumin black pepper and garlic powder. Thyme would have been good in it too! I would suggest putting in a little extra milk to the mac-n-cheese and also sauteing the bell pepper and onion. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2010
pretty tasty..added some shredded cheddar to the top Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2010
Let me just be the first to say that I cannot stand the cheapo mac and cheese from the box. Considering this my expectations were really low for this recipe but I decided to make it anyway. I used the pre-cooked bacon and did not add the bell pepper since I knew my kids wouldn't touch it with any 'green' in it. I thought this turned out fantastic. It totally upgraded the mac and cheese. Next time I may use velvetta mac and cheese but not bad at all for boxed! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/07/2010
This is not bad a good use of those pesky boxes of mac and cheese (bf bought them at Costco so we have way too many) but nothing special. I think it needs more seasoning and maybe a few more veggies. To be fair I didn't have any bell peppers so I left it out but it's still a lot of pasta to veggies. I'd add more--maybe some peas more tomato and more pepper plus those spices. This makes a ton so be prepared to 1/2 it feed a lot of people or have a lot of leftovers. Bf is going to be eating this all weekend...Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
I have yet to try this with the bacon as we have made this for years with ground beef. I don't even like boxed mac and cheese but love this when it's made. Read More
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