Bacon Mac’n Cheese (Penne Version)

Bacon Mac'n Cheese (Penne Version)

A while back I shared this picture of this delicious Bacon Mac’n Cheese (Penne Version) on my Instagram account. A lot of you asked about the recipe because it looked so good (which it is). It’s seriously one of our favorite meals at home. Plus bacon goes great with anything. 

I know there’s a lot of different ways people do mac’n cheese and that’s fine because I also like to switch it up. But here’s my Bacon Mac’n Cheese (Penne Version). 

Ingredients:

1 box of penne pasta

6 slices of cooked bacon strips (you can use the microwave bacon if you’re in a hurry)

3 tbsp of butter

3 tbsp of flour

2 cups of milk

3 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar

Italian seasoned bread crumbs

salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to box directions. 
  2. Preheat oven at 415 degrees
  3. Chop up for your cooked bacon strips and set aside. 
  4. Grab a baking dish and spray non-stick cooking spray. 
  5. Once the noodles are ready, drain them and set aside. 
  6. In the same pot melt the butter, add the flour (until it thickens) and then add the milk. Once the milk starts to thicken turn off stove and add 1 1/2 cups of cheese. 
  7. Add the bacon and noodles and mix well. 
  8. This is when you’re going to layer the pasta with the rest of the cheese. Lay one layer of mac’n cheese mixture then add some cheese, repeat until all the pasta has been added into the baking dish. 
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Add the bread crumbs, some cheese and butter pieces if you like and bake for 5-6 minutes. 
  10. Let it cool down and enjoy. 

You guys will seriously love this mac’n cheese. My kids are such picky eaters but this is one of their favorite meals at home. You can also check out these Mac’n Cheese Cups which are perfect for appetizers. 

What are your favorite ways to make mac’n cheese?
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  • I love pasta so I need to try this. I also love bacon 😉

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    HOLY amazing comfort food YES PLEASE. Bacon and cheese?? Seriously who couldn’t love this?!

  • Looks delicious! I love mac and cheese, definitely would be perfect on a rainy cold day like today!

  • Candy Kage

    Bacon added to anything and my family will be there.

  • I am postaholic, so I fell in love with this recipe at first sight. Keep it up! One of my favorite pasta, by the way 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, this is life. What is better than bacon and mac and cheese? Frankly, I don’t know or care. ; ) Love this and it looks AMAZING!!!

  • Ivanna

    This looks really delicious I know my kids would love this!

  • Ivanna

    This looks really delicious I know my kids would love this!

  • Yum, I love mac cheese. Nice idea to add the bacon.

  • Yum, I love mac cheese. Nice idea to add the bacon.

  • Kamara H

    Mac n cheese is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures…especially with added bacon! Your version looks fantastic.

    Euriental

  • Kamara H

    Mac n cheese is one of my ultimate guilty pleasures…especially with added bacon! Your version looks fantastic.

    Euriental

  • This sounds so good! Definitely trying this soon!

  • Shamira West

    I love mac and cheese so I know I would love this recipe as well. will be trying soon

  • Shamira West

    I love mac and cheese so I know I would love this recipe as well. will be trying soon

  • Oh my gosh this looks soooo amazing! And who doesn’t like mac and cheese or bacon?? Can’t wait to try it!

  • Oh my gosh this looks soooo amazing! And who doesn’t like mac and cheese or bacon?? Can’t wait to try it!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    This looks incredibly scrumptious and I want some right NOW! I’m not the biggest cook in the world if I’m honest (we’re likely having pizza tonight) but I definitely do love a good recipe here and there 😉 xx adaatude.com

  • This sounds heavenly. Pasta, bacon, and cheese are pretty much my favorite things!

  • This sounds heavenly. Pasta, bacon, and cheese are pretty much my favorite things!

  • Leslie Soto

    Oh my yum! This sounds Heavenly. I think i’ll make this for my hubby and son soon. It sounds like something we’d all love!

  • Leslie Soto

    Oh my yum! This sounds Heavenly. I think i’ll make this for my hubby and son soon. It sounds like something we’d all love!

  • Allison Gallagher

    I’m not a bacon lover, but I might try this out without it. Looks so yummy!

  • Allison Gallagher

    I’m not a bacon lover, but I might try this out without it. Looks so yummy!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    I’m drooling. Bacon and mac n cheese… ohhh!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    I’m drooling. Bacon and mac n cheese… ohhh!

  • This looks delicious! I love mac and cheese and I love bacon, so this is perfection!

  • Ashleigh

    We love any Penne recipe around here, so I know this one will go over well! Thank you for sharing your cheesy penne pasta recipe, I can’t wait to try it!!

  • We are always in the mood for a great pasta dish! Add cheese and bacon and it is a sure fire hit 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Zan Turner

    This recipe looks simple but so amazing! It will make a great addition to our dinner menu! I love the added bacon it it.

  • Zan Turner

    This recipe looks simple but so amazing! It will make a great addition to our dinner menu! I love the added bacon it it.

  • I totally agree – bacon goes great with everything. I am such a sucker for mac and cheese and so is my husband! Im pinning this for later! thanks for sharing!

  • Annie Marie

    Wow this looks AMAZING! I never thought to put bacon in mac and cheese but will definitely have to try it 🙂

  • Elaine@cookinandcraftin.com

    Yum!! Adding the bacon makes this even better as a comfort food!!

  • Clare Speer

    Wow – I never thought of saw a recipe with bacon in mac and cheese! You can’t go wrong with this! Must try!

  • ashley

    MMM hello! <3 I love bacon, pasta, cheese, and mac & cheese…. all the things I love love in one bowl!

  • This looks AMAZING, and my toddler will love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • This looks AMAZING, and my toddler will love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • This sounds really good! I’m saving the recipe for later. Thanks for sharing!

  • Boxwood Avenue

    This is the ultimate comfort food recipe! I could eat an entire pan of it!

  • Yes pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Yes pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • OnceUponADollhouse

    You are such a creative doll. Flawless make-up and an amazing cook. We will make this but just modify for gluten free.

  • Excuse me as I drool on my keyboard. This looks SO DANG YUMMY!!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Chris Huston

    I never think about putting bacon in my mac & cheese but Im going to start doing it. Looks really good!

  • Chris Huston

    I never think about putting bacon in my mac & cheese but Im going to start doing it. Looks really good!

  • Live by Surprise

    I stopped making boxed Mac and cheese a few years ago and haven’t looked back. This is awesome – and you’ve just given me an idea for dinner tonight.

  • Sarah Emily

    YUM! I am all about Mac and Cheese! I love to switch it up as well so I will forsure be trying this!

  • Sarah Emily

    YUM! I am all about Mac and Cheese! I love to switch it up as well so I will forsure be trying this!

  • Holy crap. I should have NOT looked at this right now. Now I’m so hungry. Looks amazing, Jasmine!

  • adriana nudo

    I’m such a sucker for mac and cheese!!! This looks amazing!

  • adriana nudo

    I’m such a sucker for mac and cheese!!! This looks amazing!

  • I have no idea why I never thought to put bacon in mac and cheese. Mind blown, and now I’m desperately needing to make this.