Wednesday, 21 March 2012

No Ordinary Mac 'n Cheese

So yummy, this is no ordinary old mac and cheese out of a box, or frozen entree.
And what's really great, it can be frozen for emergency lunches or a quick dinner option.
I love this one!


6 bacon strips
2 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 each red, yellow pepper chopped
1/4 onion chopped
1/2 cup parsley
1 cup each old cheddar, mozzerella
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tbsp Dijon
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Pam spray


Preheat oven to 400.
Prepare pasta as per package directions. Drain and return to pot.
Cook bacon until slightly crisp.
Over med-high heat, saute onions for about 3 minutes. Add peppers and continue for another 3-5 minutes - transfer to bowl.
Heat butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add flour; cook, whisking, 1 minute.
Add milk,  salt and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cheeses until smooth.
Add Dijon.
Add ingredients to pasta, reserving some parsley for topping. Stir until combined.
Prepare baking dish with Pam - transfer mixture.
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and top with reserved parsley.
Bake for 20 minutes - last few under broiler until crisp and brown.

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