Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

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creamy macaroni and cheese with bacon
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  • 8Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 5 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 8 ounce package low-fat cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • 1 8 ounce package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain, then return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, cook the bacon and onion over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is just crisp and the onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Melt the butter in the skillet, whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until just melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar cheese, a handful at a time, until smooth.

Add the cheese sauce to the pasta and stir until combined; season with salt and pepper. Top with the bacon-onion mixture.