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Something else that will bring you life-changing joy and not take you a grueling nine months to make? This macaroni and cheese.

I like using cavatappi pasta- it’s a little fancier than your usual macaroni noodle, but you could use whatever shape you prefer! This recipe is hungry husband, picky kid, and new mama approved.

Four Cheese Bacon Mac
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cheesy macaroni and cheese with bacon.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon mac and cheese
Servings: 12
Calories: 419 kcal
Author: ©Emily Grace | Grace and Good Eats

  • 1 lb cavatappi pasta
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup colby-jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 6 slices Kraft American cheese
  1. Cook bacon as desired. (I like to arrange on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and bake at 425 for 15 minutes.)
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 3qt baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Cook cavatappi pasta as directed on the package. (Make sure to lightly salt the water.)
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and flour together over medium heat.
  5. Slowly whisk in the milk, pouring in a thin stream and stirring constantly.
  6. Stir in onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  7. Allow milk mixture to come to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer two minutes.
  8. In a large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-jack, and mozzarella.
  9. Whisk in sliced cheese and 1 1/4 cups of cheddar mixture. Remove from heat.
  10. Toss the bacon pieces in with remaining cheddar mixture.
  11. Combine pasta and cheese sauce, toss to coat.
  12. Pour half into prepared dish and sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.
  13. Bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
Four Cheese Bacon Mac
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 575mg24%
Potassium 213mg6%
Total Carbohydrates 32g11%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A11.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.