White Cheddar Macaroni with Bacon and Thyme Recipe

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White Cheddar Macaroni with Bacon and Thyme
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish, and sprinkle 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese around the inside of the dish.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the penne uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. Place the bacon pieces into a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Retain 1/4 cup of bacon drippings. Set the bacon pieces aside.
  4. Melt butter and bacon drippings together in a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour, stirring frequently until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Whisk in the milk, a little at a time, and bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly until thickened. Stir in the thyme, salt, and pepper, and then whisk in 1/4 cup Parmesan and 3 cups Cheddar cheese, stirring constantly until the Cheddar cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth and thick.
  5. Stir the cooked penne pasta into the cheese sauce, then lightly mix in the cooked bacon. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese over the top. Cover the dish with foil.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the pasta is hot and bubbling, about 25 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, and turn on the broiler. Remove the foil, and broil the dish until the cheese topping is browned and crisp, about 5 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 645.24 Kcal (2701 kJ)
Calories from fat 405.86 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45.1g 69%
Cholesterol 111.21mg 37%
Sodium 801.07mg 33%
Potassium 329.04mg 7%
Total Carbs 13.7g 5%
Sugars 6.52g 26%
Dietary Fiber 0.38g 2%
Protein 25.58g 51%
Vitamin C 0.7mg 1%
Vitamin A 1.1mg 37%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 551.6mg 55%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 177.14 Kcal (742 kJ)
Calories from fat 111.42 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.38g 69%
Cholesterol 30.53mg 37%
Sodium 219.92mg 33%
Potassium 90.33mg 7%
Total Carbs 3.76g 5%
Sugars 1.79g 26%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 2%
Protein 7.02g 51%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 37%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 151.4mg 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 16.6
  • 15

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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