Rating: 4.3 stars
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

If you can make boxed macaroni and cheese, you can make this one-pan, scratch-made mac and cheese! The bacon, chives, and crispy bread crumb topping add some great extra flavor and texture.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
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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  • Combine macaroni, milk, water, garlic salt, and salt in a Dutch oven on a stovetop over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently so noodles don't stick to the pan, until noodles are soft and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 7 to 10 minutes.

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  • Remove pot from heat and stir in margarine and pepper until melted. Stir in Cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese until melted.

  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Top pasta with bread crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, and bacon bits.

  • Place Dutch oven under the broiler until topping is lightly browned and crispy, 1 to 3 minutes. Top with chives and serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You can use butter in place of margarine, if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts

585 calories; protein 27.2g; carbohydrates 63.9g; fat 25.7g; cholesterol 53.5mg; sodium 1116mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2019
Very easy Mac and cheese recipe. You can mix and match your favorite cheeses Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2018
Next time I will use more cheese Read More
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2019
Excellent recipe. Can't wait to try out different cheeses. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2020
Very nice! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/16/2018
Next time I will use more cheese Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2020
I was looking for a Mac and Cheese recipe that included bacon and bread crumbs when I found this recipe. I made it and it turned out great. However, I used real bacon (6 pieces) that I grilled in the foreman grill instead of bacon bits. Also I chose to combine the bread crumbs, cheese and bacon together in a cup and then top the Mac and cheese and that worked great. I do agree it was very easy to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2019
Very easy Mac and cheese recipe. You can mix and match your favorite cheeses Read More