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Scallop and Bacon Mac N' Cheese

Jason Ponticelli

"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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1 h servings 586 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Stir bread crumbs and butter together in a bowl; sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  7. 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

Per Serving: 586 calories; 29.4 g fat; 48.4 g carbohydrates; 31.1 g protein; 94 mg cholesterol; 1381 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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...

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.

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!

I used shrimp instead of scallops and added old bay. Delicious and easy!

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? Mayb...

Amazing dinner which was devoured quickly! I have substituted scallops with lump crabmeat which is also delicious.