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Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese, y’all!

It’s as delicious as it sounds. Even my non-green-eating hubby loved it. When I win his stamp of approval with something green, it’s like I’ve won the lottery.

Well, not like really winning the lottery, but you get my point, right?

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's as delicious as it sounds. A filling mac and cheese recipe featuring fresh, chopped spinach and crispy bacon.

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Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's as delicious as it sounds. A filling mac and cheese recipe featuring fresh, chopped spinach and crispy bacon.

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Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's as delicious as it sounds. A filling mac and cheese recipe featuring fresh, chopped spinach and crispy bacon.

I mean, we all love mac and cheese, right? For us, it’s a family favorite. But this Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese isn’t your normal, out of the box mac and cheese. This is savory, and explodes with flavor in your mouth. It’s soooo good!

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's as delicious as it sounds. A filling mac and cheese recipe featuring fresh, chopped spinach and crispy bacon.

But honestly, y’all. You shouldn’t just take my word for it. You should try it.

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces uncooked Skinner Large Elbows
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 cups 2% milk
  • 8 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, green part only
  • 6 slices center-cut thick bacon, cooked and crumbled (or cut)
Instructions
  1. Spray a large 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large saucepan, cook pasta in boiling water according to the directions on the package; drain and keep warm.
  3. Clean saucepan out and wipe dry; return to medium heat on stove. Melt butter in pan. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for about one minute, stirring with a whisk constantly. Gradually add in the milk to the flour mixture and bring it to a boil making sure to stir constantly. Once it starts boiling, cook for about a minute or until it begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in about 4 ounces of cheese until smooth.
  4. Add spinach to the pan and stir into the cheese mixture. Add warm pasta back into the large saucepan and mix with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle in the salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Carefully pour the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with green onions, bacon and remaining cheese. Place in the oven and bake for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted over the top.
  6. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Although my kids are pretty good about eating most everything I put in front of them, it’s always nice not to have to hide ingredients. Although you can clearly see the spinach, it doesn’t overpower the dish. Chopped spinach is much easier to stomach than full spinach leaves according to my kids. So many times when I add spinach to a recipe, I always chop it or make pretty, little chiffonade strips.

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's as delicious as it sounds. A filling mac and cheese recipe featuring fresh, chopped spinach and crispy bacon.

What’s pretty great about this recipe is you can adjust all the ingredients according to your family’s likes. Want less spinach, put in less. Want more bacon, add in a few more slices. It’s totally up to you.

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's as delicious as it sounds. A filling mac and cheese recipe featuring fresh, chopped spinach and crispy bacon.

But regardless, I don’t really think you can go wrong here. I mean, it’s mac and cheese.

Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese. It's as delicious as it sounds. A filling mac and cheese recipe featuring fresh, chopped spinach and crispy bacon.

What’s not to love about mac and cheese?


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21 thoughts on “Bacon and Spinach Mac and Cheese”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Oh my GAWD!!!!! You are brilliant! I am SOOOO looking forward to making this.

  2. Catherine S says:

    This looks amazing. This will make a great lunch for me next week. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    This is the kind of mac and cheese that I love to make. I view regular mac and cheese as a base that’s perfect for adding all kinds of delicious things.

  4. Lisa Joy Thompson says:

    Macaroni and Cheese is my favorite food and the addition of bacon and spinach makes it even better! I can’t wait to make this!!!

  5. Pam says:

    I love finding new twists on macaroni and cheese. This looks delicious!

  6. Mandee says:

    Oh my word…that looks delicious! I LOVE bacon and these are all favorites of mine! I will definitely be trying this recipe in my home! Thanks for sharing! ?

  7. MJ. L says:

    Oh my goodness, yum!! My daughter would LOVE this recipe since she loves all the ingredients. I will be making this!

  8. MELISASource says:

    That sounds delicious. I always throw bacon into my homemade mac and cheese. I’ve never tried spinach in it, though.

  9. Jeanine says:

    Wow this looks amazing. What a fabulous idea for mac and cheese which is a huge hit in our house. I’d love to change it up a bit like this!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    I think I’d love mac & cheese like this. I love spinach and bacon always adds some nice flavor to recipes.

  11. Marcie W. says:

    Nothing beats making macaroni and cheese from scratch, except maybe when you add bacon. This recipe sounds wonderful and the spinach means it’s healthy, right?! YUM!

  12. Brandy says:

    This looks so yummy. I never thought of using spinach in mac n cheese, most certainly have thought of bacon though. I am going to try this recipe asap!

  13. Amanda says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! My mom always made homemade mac n cheese growing up, there is nothing like it.

  14. mary says:

    YUM! What a great pair. I never thought of adding bacon to my mac. My kids are going to love the change

  15. Beeb Ashcroft says:

    I agree…what’s not to love about mac and cheese! My family has a lot of bacon lovers as well so this should be a hit!

  16. William Sweeney says:

    What a pairing love that it has bacon!!! I am going to have to make this the next time the kids ask for Mac and Cheese!

  17. Andrew says:

    Talk about comfort foods of all comfort foods! This bacon and spinach mac and cheese hit all the right notes to be a favorite in our house, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  18. Stacey says:

    I really like this variation for mac and cheese.
    Nothing like adding a bit more protein and some greens to the recipe.

  19. candice says:

    You can’t go wrong with bacon and mac and cheese! I’m going to pin this for next weeks meal plan! Looks delicious and easy too.

  20. Wendy says:

    Oh yes. I will definitely be making this soon. This looks like a meal that the whole family will enjoy. You had me at bacon! ?

  21. Olivia Douglass says:

    Oh I so want to make this!! We love all of the ingredients in this, I’ve never thought to combine them!!

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