Spinach and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Spinach and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese goes upscale, featuring bow-tie pasta, bacon and spinach. This delicious dish can serve six in just 25 minutes.

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

25

Minutes

Makes

6

servings

3
cups uncooked bow-tie (farfalle) pasta (8 oz)
1/2
lb sliced bacon, coarsely chopped
2
tablespoons butter
1
small clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4
cup Gold MedalĀ® all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
cups milk
2
cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1
bag (6 oz) fresh baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
  1. In 5-quart Dutch oven, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Return to Dutch oven; cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until crisp; remove to paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings.
  3. In 3-quart saucepan, heat butter and reserved bacon drippings over medium heat until butter is melted. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in flour, salt and pepper with whisk until smooth. Stir in milk; heat to boiling. Stir in cheese until melted and sauce is smooth.
  4. Pour cheese sauce over pasta; stir until coated. Stir in spinach. Reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon; stir remaining bacon into pasta mixture. Divide pasta mixture among 6 serving bowls; garnish with reserved bacon.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
If desired, drain all of the bacon drippings and increase the butter by 2 tablespoons. Or substitute 1/4 cup canola or olive oil for the butter and drippings.
To easily chop baby spinach, place spinach in a deep bowl or glass measuring cup and randomly snip with kitchen scissors until coarsely chopped.
For extra flavor, stir in 1/3 cup sliced green onion tops with the spinach.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (1 Cup))
  • Calories 470
    • (Calories from Fat 210),
  • Total Fat 24g
    • (Saturated Fat 13g,
    • Trans Fat 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 70mg;
  • Sodium 810mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 42g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 5g),
  • Protein 23g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 2 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.