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


loaf (32 oz) prepared cheese product, cut into large cubes
cup butter
cups whole milk
package (16 oz) elbow macaroni
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
cups small cherry tomatoes
bag (9 oz) fresh spinach
lb bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
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.