Four Cheese with Bacon Mac

Four Cheese with Bacon Mac
Servings: 12 Yield: 10 cups Prep 10 mins Cook 10 mins Bake 350°F 20 mins Broil 3 mins


  • 1 box (1 pound) cavatappi
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2 percent milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded colby-Jack cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
  • 8 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese (6 ounces)

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. Cook cavatappi 8 minutes in boiling water, then drain. Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels. Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan. Add butter.

3. Whisk in flour until smooth. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. In large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-Jack and mozzarella.

4. Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 1-1/4 cups of the cheddar mixture. Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

5. In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil and broil 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 12; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 404, Fat, total (g): 21, chol. (mg): 63, sat. fat (g): 11, carb. (g): 33, fiber (g): 2, pro. (g): 20, sodium (mg): 616, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.