Seriously… bacon, cheese, pasta… what could go wrong?! and throw in some broccoli to make yourself feel like you’re keeping it healthy, why not! This dish is simple and darn good. This didn’t last long at our table! Everyone dug in! Give this a shot as a break from basic mac & cheese sometime.
Of course I needed some bacon and of course it was frozen. You probably think since I love to cook I always plan ahead and have meat thawed out for every meal… you couldn’t be more wrong! I’m flying by the seat of my pants most of the time!
Ok, so you’ll need about 4-10 pieces of bacon (yes, that’s a huge range. the recipe calls for 4 strips but I wouldn’t judge you for adding anywhere up to 10 strips 🙂 Ha!) Ok, cut that into smaller pieces.
Pour in 2 1/2 cups milk. Use whatever you have on hand. Continue whisking for another and letting it cook. You really want to whisk vigorously and continuously. If you don’t you risk scalding the milk and/or having grainy sauce. Boo to both! You can tell this has thickened by seeing if it will coat the back of a wooden spoon so that you can wipe your finger across it and it will leave a line. Very technical, huh 🙂
You need a couple cups of shredded cheese. This pic was from an earlier version of the recipe so you can see you will need more! Once the milk sauce is thickened reduce the heat to low, drop in the cheese and stir or whisk until smooth. Add in 1/2 -1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper and taste to see if it needs more of either.
Bacon Broccoli Mac & Cheese
12 oz pasta
3 cups broccoli florets
4 strips of bacon, cut into smaller pieces, or more 😉
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs flour
2 1/2 cups milk
2-3 cups freshly shredded cheese of your choice
salt & pepper
Cook bacon and steam broccoli for 3-5 minutes until tender. In a pan melt butter and sprinkle with flour. Cook while whisking for 1-2 mins. Pour in milk and continue whisking until thick (coats back of spoon). Reduce heat to low. Add in cheeses and salt & pepper. Taste to check seasonings. Add in broccoli. Toss to coat. Add in drained pasta. Toss to coat. Sprinkle on bacon and enjoy!