BLT Mac and Cheese

When creamy mac-n-cheese meets the BLT-inspired ingredients of savory bacon, spinach and tomato, the end result is an all-new American classic.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 10

1
loaf (32 oz) prepared cheese product, cut into large cubes
1/4
cup butter
4
cups whole milk
1
package (16 oz) elbow macaroni
2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
2
cups small cherry tomatoes
1
bag (9 oz) fresh spinach
1
lb bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
1
cup Progresso™ plain or Italian-style panko crispy bread crumbs

  • 1 In large microwavable bowl, place cheese cubes, butter and milk. Microwave uncovered on High 8 to 10 minutes. Stir with whisk; microwave on High 4 minutes longer. Stir again; repeat microwaving until all cheese is melted and mixture can be stirred smooth, a total of about 15 minutes.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water 3 minutes less than directed on box (macaroni should be firm). Drain; place in 15x10-inch (4-quart) glass baking dish. Pour melted cheese sauce over macaroni; mix well. Stir in shredded cheese, tomatoes and spinach.
  • 3 Cover dish with foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle bacon and bread crumbs evenly over top. Bake 5 minutes longer or until top is lightly browned. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Expert Tips

A little chopped sautéed onion can be added for variety along with a little ground mustard.

The cheese sauce can also be melted in a saucepan on the stove in place of the microwave.