Jacked up Macaroni and Cheese

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READY IN: 46mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 7 14
    ounces kraft cheddar cheese macaroni and cheese
  • 7 14
    ounces kraft white cheddar cheese macaroni and cheese
  • 12
    cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, melted plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1
    cup milk
  • 2
    cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10
    Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 6
    slices bacon
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add both boxes of macaroni (pasta only) into a casserole dish and add water.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 8 minutes.
  • After 8 minutes lift foil, stir gently, replace foil and bake for another 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add 2 tablespoons melted butter to the crushed Ritz crushed crackers and mix.
  • Lay strips of bacon on a plate and cover with a paper towel.
  • Microwave at 30 second intervals until bacon is crispy.
  • Once bacon is cool, crumble into pieces.
  • When pasta is ready, remove from oven and stir in 1/2 cup butter, milk and 1 cup cheddar cheese.
  • Top with remaining cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and crushed crackers.
  • Return to oven, uncovered, until topping is golden brown and bubbling (about 15 minutes). Serve.
  • Additional add-ins: grilled chicken, broccoli, peas, tuna, salsa or ground beef.
  • Healthy Alternatives: Use whole grain or veggie pasta. Add whole grain crushed crackers for topping.
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