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Bacon and Bleu Mac and Cheese

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Bacon and Blue Mac and Cheese

Bacon and Blue Mac and Cheese

Linda Larsen
What could make mac and cheese better? Bacon, of course! And use lots of blue cheese for very intense flavor in this fabulous recipe.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup thick blue cheese salad dressing
  • 2 cups grated Havarti cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese

Preparation:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta; cook 1 minute less than package directs. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in large saucepan until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Pour bacon fat from pan, but do not wipe out.

Add butter to drippings remaining in pan; melt over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until onion starts to brown, about 6-8 minutes. Add flour; cook and stir for 1 minute.

Add milk and cream; cook and stir until sauce thickens. Add blue cheese salad dressing, Havarti, and blue cheese; cook and stir until creamy.

Add pasta to cheese sauce; cook and stir gently for 1-2 minutes until blended. Stir in reserved bacon and serve immediately.

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