Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jan 08, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

creamy bacon macaroni & cheese recipe

It’s cold. Really cold. The coldest I can remember. It leaves me craving warm, hearty dinners – comfort food. I’m not sure who loves mac & cheese more, Adalyn or I. Fresh cheeses, creamy consistency & a little bacon mixed in, it’s a dinner to dream of on a cold, winter night. Last week we had an impromptu New Year’s Eve get together, & I knew just what I wanted to serve! Something easy, that could be prepared during nap time & put in the oven just before guests arrive, without compromising flavor. So there you have it, bacon macaroni & cheese. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of. In fact, we’ll be having it again this weekend!

creamy bacon mac & cheese recipe

This recipe generously serves 6 adults and easily 8.

creamy bacon macaroni & cheese recipe

Fry the bacon on medium. Remove & tear into pieces, then set it aside. Melt the butter in the same saucepan for added flavor & easier cleanup!

Whisk in flour, salt, pepper, red pepper & mustard until smooth. Add milk & continue to whisk for 10 minutes as it thickens.

Reduce heat to low & add freshly shredded cheese. This is NOT the time to purchase pre-shredded cheese. If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know my feelings on that. Blocks of cheese are generally of much higher quality and far more moist. It’s the key to creamy, & it only takes a minute or two to freshly shred. Stir it in & add the bacon. Pour the sauce over drained noodles & stir well. Add it to your baking dish & refrigerate for a later time or bake immediately. See the recipe card below for full details!

creamy macaroni & cheese recipe with bacon

creamy macaroni & cheese recipe with bacon

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

Julie Blanner
Fresh cheeses, creamy consistency & a little bacon mixed in, it's a dinner to dream of on a cold, winter night.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 808 kcal


  • 16 oz {1 bag} macaroni
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp good mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • pepper
  • 4 1/2 c milk
  • 16 oz {2 blocks} mild cheddar freshly grated
  • 1/2 pkg center cut bacon


  • Preheat oven to 375 if baking immediately.
  • {In a large pot, boil water & prepare noodles.}
  • In a large saucepan, fry bacon on medium. Tear bacon in pieces & set aside.
  • Melt butter {in the same saucepan}.
  • Add flour, salt, mustard, pepper & red pepper. Whisk well until smooth.
  • Stir in milk & continue to whisk on medium for 10 minutes while shredding cheese.
  • Reduce heat to low & stir in cheese until smooth. Add bacon.
  • Pour over drained noodles, stir & pour into 9x13 baking dish.
  • Cover & bake 25 minutes if baking immediately and 30 if baking after refrigerated.
  • Stir & serve!


Calories:808kcalCarbohydrates:74gProtein:36gFat:40gSaturated Fat:25gCholesterol:120mgSodium:1072mgPotassium:519mgFiber:3gSugar:12gVitamin A:1494IUCalcium:786mgIron:2mg
Keywords bacon macaroni and cheese
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