Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac and Cheese

Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac and Cheese

You can have ooey, gooey mac and cheese on your dinner table in just 30 minutes thanks to an extra creamy, cheesy Recipe Starters™ sauce.

Prep Time

10

Minutes

Total Time

30

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

3
cups uncooked penne pasta (10 oz)
1
can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy three cheese cooking sauce
1/2
cup milk
1/4
teaspoon chopped garlic in water (from 4.5-oz jar) or 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
2
oz American cheese loaf, shredded (1/2 cup) or 4 slices American cheese, diced
1
bag (2.5 oz) cooked real bacon pieces or bits
1/2
cup diced red bell pepper, if desired
Garnish, if desired
Progresso® Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat cooking sauce, milk and garlic to boiling. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses until melted. Stir in pasta, bacon and bell pepper. Spoon into casserole.
  3. Bake uncovered 20 minutes or until edges are bubbly. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
Makes 6 servings (1 1/2 cups each)

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 470
    • (Calories from Fat 190),
  • Total Fat 21g
    • (Saturated Fat 11g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 60mg;
  • Sodium 1170mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 45g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 24g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 2 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.