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Bacon Mac and Cheese Casserole

Updated on March 12, 2016

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods. I have been eating and making Mac N Cheese for longer than I want to admit. My grandmother used to make this casserole dish once a week on Thursday nights. Her recipe to me is the best, but as with most recipes I tend to switch them up by adding different ingredients to them.


Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon, green peppers and onions.
Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon, green peppers and onions. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Will serve 4-5 people

Basic Recipe For Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups dry Noodles of your choice (I prefer elbows)
  • 2 cups grated Old cheddar cheese (the older the better)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste
  • Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees.


Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil noodles in a large pot according to package instructions.
  2. Rinse and drain noodles.
  3. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  4. Grease a casserole dish, then add 1/3rd of the cooked noodles. Sprinkle 1/3rd of your cheese on top of the noodles. Repeat process another two times. Pour milk evenly over mixture. Bake for approximately one hour. If you like your noodles a bit crunchy leave in the oven a bit longer.

Build your noodles, add sauté onions and green peppers and add hot chili peppers or seasoning of your choice.  In this picture I doubled the recipe.
Build your noodles, add sauté onions and green peppers and add hot chili peppers or seasoning of your choice. In this picture I doubled the recipe.
Add your cheese top with more noodles and cheese then add your bacon.
Add your cheese top with more noodles and cheese then add your bacon.
Now it is ready to put into the oven. Enjoying a glass of Chardonnay while I cook.
Now it is ready to put into the oven. Enjoying a glass of Chardonnay while I cook.


The recipe above is basic. To add a twist to this age old recipe here are some of the things that I do to jazz it up.


The basic recipe stays the same.

  • Sauté diced onions, green peppers and garlic and mix into the cooked macaroni before adding to the baking dish.
  • On the top of the entire dish I will add slices of bacon and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Spice up this dish with hot chili peppers, Slap Ya Mama Cajun spice or whatever your taste buds fancy.
  • Add cooked hamburger, ground pork or chicken.
  • Canned diced tomatoes mixed into the noodles or thick sliced tomatoes on top of the noodles.

There are so many ways you can change this basic recipe all you have to do is get creative.

Serve with a salad and enjoy!

5 stars from 2 ratings of Macaroni and Cheese

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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      poetryman, Everything is better with bacon :)

    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 

      3 years ago

      Bacon may not make everything better but it's a start.

      Bacon may not make everything better but it's worth a try.

      Bacon may not make everything better, but, hey, who ate all the bacon?

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, What I like about this dish for large crowds is it is so easy to make ahead and then reheat when needed. Enjoy your trip and have a wonderful time with your family.

      Judi, Glad to know that your daughter is liking my recipes :)

      jellygator, Homemade is so much better :) Thanks

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      jellygator 

      5 years ago from USA

      I will only eat homemade mac & cheese, and bacon only makes everything better. Yum! Thank you for posting.

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      Judi Brown 

      5 years ago from UK

      You are rapidly becoming my daughter's favourite chef! Another winner!

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      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This looks really really good. Thanks. I'm visiting my sister in England with my family in December (there are going to be about 9 of us most days, sometimes 16) so this is JUST the dish to make and pull out of the oven when everyone's around. It looks delicious and not at all complicated. Thanks. Voting etc.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deborah, Homemade mac n cheese has always been a family favorite. Let me know how you like it done with the chicken.

      Brian, The bacon does add a lot to it. Thanks.

      Cardisa, You're welcome for dinner anytime :)

      pongogirl, Thanks.

      Nell, It's easy to make and tastes great!

      Melovy, My grandmother that got me started on this dish was from Paisley Scotland.

      Sunshine, Once you've had homemade mac n cheese you'll probably never eat Kraft Dinner again :)

      John, Bacon is awesome on this.

      Tammy, Hope that you enjoy it.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      frugalfamily, I hope you enjoy it.

      Haunty, Thanks.

      Ruchira, I'm sure you will like it.

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      Jasmine Pena 

      6 years ago from California, USA

      it looks yummy!:)

    • Cardisa profile image

      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Susan, I'm hungry!

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Yummy! This is a fabulous suggestion! Sometimes I will add ham and that makes it really good. I am going to try this. Awesome!

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      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I make mac and cheese all of the times, but don't usually put anything in it; one time I cut up pieces of ham and mixed it in with the mac and cheese, but nothing like this. I looooooooooooove pork, and bacon is awesome in my point of view... Excellent hub, never would have guessed to put bacon on mac and cheese....

      Voted up

      John

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, do you know, I have never made a mac and cheese? how did that happen? lol! this is great, I am definitely adding it to my list of to cooks, thanks voted up and shared!

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      Now, this is REALLY interesting. Mac and Cheese made the UK way involves a lot of standing over a cooker stirring - because it uses a cheese sauce made with milk, margarine or butter, and flour. I can never be bothered with all that stirring, and my girls don’t like cheese sauce much anyway. This sounds so-o much easier. I’m vegetarian so won’t be adding the bacon or burgers, but the other ideas sound great.

      I’m bookmarking this and trying it on the girls very soon! Thanks for the recipe(s)!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Delish as always! I've never made mac and cheese from scratch, Kraft makes it so darn easy to do! Voted Yummy!

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      Great recipe Susan, pictures make it look really enticing-yummy. I think the bacon makes it imo. Voted up-awesome :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Love baking it my mom always did that. I have never added other ingredients.. I like the chicken idea for sure. thanks I am book marking this.

      Great Hub

      Debbie

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      Ruchira 

      6 years ago from United States

      never thought of baking it, will give it a try.

      Thanks, susan!

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      Haunty 

      6 years ago from Hungary

      Gosh, a new twist on mac is always welcome as far as I'm concerned. Thanks Susan! :)

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      I can't wait for it to cool down enough to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deborah, Yes everything is better with BACON! :)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hyphenbird, Just had this for dinner. Was really good and still enjoying more chardonnay as I answer you :). Just don't add the bacon and you will love it :)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Love it! As I say in the title of one of my recent hubs, everything's better with bacon!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      YUM. I need some good old comfort food so I will be making this over the upcoming weekend. I will just add salt , pepper and lots of butter though. The more basic the better for comfort. Thanks for the recipes.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Dale, so nice to see you. Kraft are you kidding me? This homemade! :)

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      hillrider 

      6 years ago from Mid-west United States

      Watch out Susan, Kraft has agents in every corner...LOL

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Katie Homemade mac n cheese is so much better than the boxed stuff and like you say, who knows what's in the boxed stuff. If you try this recipe let me know how you like. I am sure you will.

      Silva It is is yummy :)

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I've been looking for a good ole fashioned mac n cheese recipe. My daughters think craft macaroni n cheese is the end all to end all and I aim to prove there is a better way. Thanks for the good old fashioned healthier version of mac n cheese. After all who knows what's in that boxed stuff. :) Katie

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      Silva Hayes 

      7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      That sounds yummy!

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