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This recipe started out simple. It has developed into this homemade Southern Baked Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese recipe my family loves! #bacon #recipe #frugalnavywife #weeknightmeal #macncheese | Mac N Cheese Recipes | Bacon Recipes | Side Dish Recipes | Southern Recipes | Kid Favorite Meals

Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This recipe started out simple. It has developed into this homemade Southern Baked Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese recipe my family loves!

Course Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 3-4 slices bacon cooked
  • 5-6 ounces cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 3 cups broccoli florets steamed or blanched
  • 8 oz pasta
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk room temperature
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Season with additional salt and pepper to taste if desired

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Next measure out all your ingredients, chop your broccoli and grate your cheeses.
  3. Boil pasta per package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside once done.
  4. While the pasta cooks, start your sauce and your broccoli.
  5. Cook broccoli via your favorite method. I'm a big fan of quickly blanching broccoli in hot water until the florets are bright green and tender.
  6. For the sauce, melt ½ stick of butter [1/4 cup] over medium heat.
  7. Add flour and whisk constantly while the flour cooks off into a roux, approx. 3 minutes..
  8. Next season with ¼ tsp salt and black pepper [add extra to taste]

  9. Slowly pour in your milk, whisking constantly until smooth and fully incorporated. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it rests.
  10. Add pasta and broccoli florets to a 9-inch baking dish [or larger]
  11. Sprinkle 5-6 ounces of freshly grated cheese on top of the pasta.
  12. Pour your cream sauce over the noodles and cheese and use a rubber spatula to fold it all together. Feel free to top with a little extra cheese if you'd like, then top with bacon.
  13. Bake on center rack at 350 F for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.