Yes, I'm not even kidding. Now, I wouldn't say this is something I will make all the time but when I need something the kids will get googly-eyed for that is also fast, cheap and easy...this is my meal!
I generally have all the ingredients on-hand all the time anyways. Think about it: milk, sharp cheese, elbow macaroni and...are you ready for it? BACON! Oh and guess what else?!?! I totally weight watcher'd it. HA! It still isn't healthy for you but hey, I at least softened the blow. :)
10 strips of bacon (I used turkey bacon)
1 onion, minced (I used frozen chopped onions)
2 cloves garlic
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup flour
14oz can chicken broth
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp chili powder (I kinda scratched my head on this one but I promise, it tastes good!)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni noodles
3 cups milk (I used 2%)
4 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
(*I totally snuck in veggies, too! I added carrots and celery to it. The kids didn't even bat an eye!If you think your kids would notice, I would suggest pureeing carrots and I guarantee you can't taste it!*)
Cook bacon until crisp, set aside.
Saute the onion in the bacon grease (about 3 tbsp--if more, drain)
When onion becomes translucent, add garlic and continue to cook until browned. Stir in flour and stir frequently.
Slowly add chicken broth while stirring. Add dry mustard, black pepper and chili powder. Stir while it simmers.
Add milk and macaroni noodles, bring to a simmer and continue to stir frequently.
Once macaroni is done, add cheese and bacon. Stir until the cheese melts.Be prepared to become very full! My kids cheered at the dinner table for this meal. You would have thought I spent hours cooking a gourmet meal the way they acted. Pretty funny.
Recipe found here
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