The Other Big Mac

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If there was just one meal my husband would eat day after day, breakfast-lunch-dinner it would have to be Mac n’ Cheese. That guy is loco for cheesy pasta! Now that our little babydoodle can indulge in some Italian delights he’s decided that its time to pass on his love of the cheesy Mac.

That’s where I come in and rain some vegetable goodness on his parade. See hubby’s idea of Mac n’ Cheese is what I consider a heart attack on a plate. His recipe calls for creme fraiche and bacon with buttery bread crumbs on top. Sounds divine I know but wowza, someone here needs to be the voice of reason. Our little babydoodle will need to pace herself with that level of cuisine! So Mom comes in with a bag of frozen peas et voilá…it’s comfort food without the heartburn.

Oh, and yes, hubby loved it! Nom Nom…

Babydoodle Mac ‘n Cheese

Ingredients:

16 oz pipette pasta or other small pasta shapes
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
12 oz cheddar cheese shredded
1 tsp Kosher salt
Bag of frozen peas
6 slices bacon diced

Instructions:

In a large stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

Cook bacon slices in a separate skillet, drain grease and set aside on paper towels to cool.

While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat. When the butter has melted and has started to bubble, whisk in the flour; cook for 1 1/2 minutes whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk until no lumps remain. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook milk mixture, whisking frequently, until it thickens and bubbles, about 8 minutes.

Remove skillet from the heat and by the handful, stir in the cheese allowing all of the cheese to melt into the sauce before adding more. Stir in the bacon, salt, and green peas. Return the sauce pan to the heat and stir in the pasta. Be sure to stir up the sauce from the bottom of the sauce pan and thoroughly coat all of the pasta with sauce.

Heat frozen peas to boil, drain and set aside.

Cook pasta mixture for 1-2 minutes over medium-low heat until heated through. Stir in diced bacon and cooked peas. Serve hot in bowls with spoons.

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