Meat Lover¿s Mac

Meat Lover's Mac
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound medium shell-shaped pasta
  • 6 slice bacon, diced
  • 1/2 pound 90% lean ground beef, crumbled
  • 1 3 1/2 ounce package pepperoni (from a 3.5-ounce package), about 26 slices, chopped
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces sharp white cheddar, shredded (about 1 cup)

Make It

1. Heat a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Add shells; cook 10 minutes, or as per package directions. Drain and return to pot.

2. Meanwhile, combine bacon and ground beef in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in pepperoni; cook another 5 minutes. Stir in 2/3 of the chopped scallions. Remove to a paper towellined plate with a slotted spoon. Discard drippings from pot.

3. In same saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Sprinkle with flour and cook, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in milk and bring to a simmer, whisking frequently. Simmer 3 minutes, whisking until thickened. Remove from heat and add cheeses. Whisk until smooth. Stir in meat mixture and fold into pasta. Top with remaining scallions and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 525, Fat, total (g): 25, chol. (mg): 82, sat. fat (g): 13, carb. (g): 47, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 28, sodium (mg): 469, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.