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Bacon Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese

This is comfort food at it's finest!! This cheesy Mac & Cheese features a creamy pepper jack cheese sauce that's tossed with cooked macaroni noodles. Top everything with a large handful of crispy cooked bacon and this just became the best mac and cheese ever!
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 14 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb macaroni noodles - cooked and drained
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 garlic clove - minced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz cream cheese - softened and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups pepper jack cheese - shredded, about 14 oz
  • 1 cup bacon - cooked and crumbled, about 8 slices

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. 
  • In a large pot melt the butter. Once melted stir in the garlic and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in the flour and cook for another minute. Slowly pour in the milk and half and half. Once smooth stir in the cream cheese and salt and pepper. 
  • Once melted and combined stir in in 3 cups of pepper jack cheese and ½ cup bacon. 
  • Stir in the cooked noodles. 
  • Transfer the mac and cheese to the prepared baking dish and smooth into an even layer. Top with the remaining cheese and bacon. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and the mac and cheese is warmed through. 

Notes

Nutritional information is based on 1 serving (there are 14 servings in this recipe). This meal will feed a lot of people! 

Nutrition

Calories: 478kcal (24%), Carbohydrates: 30g (10%), Protein: 18g (36%), Fat: 32g (49%), Saturated Fat: 17g (85%), Cholesterol: 85mg (28%), Sodium: 535mg (22%), Potassium: 245mg (7%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 4g (4%), Vitamin A: 784IU (16%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 342mg (34%), Iron: 1mg (6%)