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Bacon mac ’n’ cheese

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  • Egg free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • High in protein

Creamy, cheesy and with a golden crunchy top, this bacon mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time25 minutes
  • Prep time10 minutes
Bacon mac n cheese


  • 250g pasta curls
  • 300g speck or bacon, cut into batons
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (500ml) milk
  • 1 cup (120g) shredded tasty cheddar
  • 1/4 cup (20g) finely grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup (75g) panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (60g) shredded tasty cheddar, extra
  • Baby rocket and spinach leaves, to serve

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy 2138kJ/511 Cals (25%), Protein 24g (48%), Fat 31g (44%), Sat Fat 18g (75%), Sodium 642mg (32%), Carbs 34g (11%), Sugar 6g (7%), Dietary Fibre 2g (7%).

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Drain well. Return pasta to pan.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the speck or bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until golden. Add the spring onion and cook for 1 min or until heated through.

  3. Step 3

    Combine the cream cheese and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 mins or until the cream cheese melts and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar, parmesan and mustard. Season.

  4. Step 4

    Add the cream cheese mixture and speck mixture to the pasta and gently toss to combine. Spoon into an 8-cup (2L) ovenproof dish. Combine the breadcrumbs, oil and extra cheddar in a bowl and sprinkle over the pasta mixture. Bake for 15 mins or until the top is golden and pasta is heated through. Serve with salad leaves.

Recipe tip

Clever storage
: Store leftover mac ’n’ cheese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.