This is something I threw together and it turned out fantastic! The flavor of the bacon, along with the scallops, mixes so well with mac and cheese. A perfect combo! Add vegetables for a healthier kick. I like throwing in some steamed broccoli or cauliflower.

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; saute scallops until golden brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove skillet from heat.

  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; roughly crumble.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • Mix Cheddar cheese soup, Cheddar cheese, milk, and garlic salt together in a bowl. Add scallops, bacon, and pasta; mix well. Pour pasta mixture into a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

  • Stir bread crumbs and butter together in a bowl; sprinkle over pasta mixture.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and topping is lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

Panko bread crumbs can be substituted for the regular bread crumbs if desired.

Nutrition Facts

586 calories; protein 31.1g 62% DV; carbohydrates 48.4g 16% DV; fat 29.4g 45% DV; cholesterol 94.5mg 32% DV; sodium 1380.9mg 55% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2014
Looked good on paper and no doubt will be good on the fork too but as it is baking I wanted to offer two friendly observations (not criticisms). First I doubled the scallops (I like scallops) so I needed my 3 Qt baking dish the 2.5 qt will probably suffice with one package of scallops (the small Bay variety). Second I cooked everything sequentially so it took me about an hour to prepare (cooked scallops cooked bacon in the oven (which took a lot longer than package directions even though I used two baking sheets so I could cook the whole pound at once) boiled pasta etc.).???? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2014
Looked good on paper and no doubt will be good on the fork too but as it is baking I wanted to offer two friendly observations (not criticisms). First I doubled the scallops (I like scallops) so I needed my 3 Qt baking dish the 2.5 qt will probably suffice with one package of scallops (the small Bay variety). Second I cooked everything sequentially so it took me about an hour to prepare (cooked scallops cooked bacon in the oven (which took a lot longer than package directions even though I used two baking sheets so I could cook the whole pound at once) boiled pasta etc.).???? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2014
I used shrimp instead of scallops and added old bay. Delicious and easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2014
Great taste even has a good kick to it. Not sure where it came from since no spicy ingredients were added just a pleasant surprise. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2015
Great recipe! My husband doesn't like seafood so I took out the scallops and it quickly became his favorite Mac N' Cheese dish! It's my favorite too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2018
It was very good and got the kids to eat scallops. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2017
Amazing dinner which was devoured quickly! I have substituted scallops with lump crabmeat which is also delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2018
Very good recipe. I didn't have cheese soup so I made my own cheese sauce. The bacon was a welcome taste. I will definitely make this again. I was wondering about adding some broccoli? Maybe the next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2019
It was delicious. The BEST Mac N Cheese I have ever made..... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2020
I have made this as written and have also made it omitting the scallops as a side dish. It is a hit either way! Read More