BLT Mac n Cheese

June 2011
BLT Mac n Cheese

by 12 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 30 mins

Bake: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces fusilli pasta
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups finely shredded orange cheddar cheese (about 8 oz.)
  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes quartered (about 1 cup)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until almost al dente; drain. In the same pot, bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat; whisk in the turmeric and stir in the cream cheese. Stir in the cheddar cheese until melted. Add the pasta, bacon and tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish and bake until heated through, about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the yogurt and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Add the lettuce and toss to coat. Serve the salad with the pasta.
Tip Crazy for Color!
  • Goodbye, artificial coloring! Mineral-rich turmeric gives our mac n cheese that familiar neon glow--and its natural.
Tip
  • An Extra Buck Will Buy You...nitrite-free all-beef hot dogs. Swap in for the bacon and youve got another kid-friendly dish.
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