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One-Pot Bacon Chipotle Mac & Cheese

posted by Ashley on September 15, 2014

Bacon Chipotle Mac & Cheese ~ Only One Pot, 6 Ingredients and Ready in 25 Minutes!!

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Bacon Chipotle Mac & Cheese ~ Only One Pot, 6 Ingredients and Ready in 25 Minutes!!

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Hi there! I’m Ashley from The Recipe Rebel and I’m super excited to be sharing this incredible recipe here on Julie’s Eats and Treats.

I am a high school teacher and mother to a beautiful two-year-old girl with baby #2 coming mid-December. If that wasn’t crazy enough, it’s my husband’s busy season now, which means that he’s gone 14 hours of the day (or sometimes more!) and quite often I feel like a single-working-blogging-pregnant mother.

It’s a little intense.

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And so we need dishes like this one, that are only 6 ingredients — SIX — and they all cook in the same pot in less than 25 minutes.

My girl loves her noodles (“nay-os”). She asks if we’re having noodles at pretty much every meal. So I know that if I put something like this on the table, dinner time is going to go a lot more smoothly. And sometimes, after teaching teenagers all day, that’s not a battle I want to pick.

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I like using whole wheat or enriched white pasta for extra protein and fiber, but you can always use regular white macaroni. We aren’t big on really spicy food around here, so the chipotle doesn’t make it crazy hot. I added 3/4 tsp and it added a nice smoky heat to it. If you aren’t sure, start with less and then add in more. If you like things really spicy, add even more. It’s such an easy recipe to customize!

One-Pot Bacon Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Preparation 5 minutes 2017-05-29T00:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 20 minutes 2017-05-29T00:20:00+00:00 Serves 5-6 servings     adjust servings

A quick, easy, one-pot meal that's perfect for busy nights!

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 4 cups of macaroni
  • 5 cups of milk (I use 1%)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1 tsp pureed chipotle peppers in adobo (you can always freeze whatever you don't use!)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Chop bacon and fry in a large pot over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain fat from pot, but leave bacon in. (Optional: if you want the bacon crispy on top, take it out and add it back on when the pasta's done cooking. I did half and half, left half in for flavour, took half out)
  2. To the same pot add macaroni, milk, and salt. Bring to a simmer (watching carefully -- you don't want to scorch your milk) over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until pasta is al dente, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in your desired amount of chipotle and cheese.
  4. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 741kcal Calories from fat 303
% Daily Value
Total Fat 34g 52%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 923mg 38%
Carbohydrate 75g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 15g
Protein 32g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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    Comments

  • Candace @ Cabot


    Quick. Easy. Totally delicious. What more could we ask for? Great recipe!

  • Tammy


    This sounds delicious….I love bacon and I love spicy…can’t wait to give this a try!

    • Ashley


      Thanks Tammy!

  • Danielle | Krafted Koch


    I love the flavor that chipotles in adobo sauce add to any dish and this looks like such a fantastic weeknight dinner idea!

    • Ashley


      Thanks Danielle! I love it, too — nice and smoky and not too hot 🙂

  • Jocelyn+(Grandbaby+Cakes)


    This mac and cheese is amazing!

    • Ashley


      Thanks Jocelyn!

  • kentuckylady717


    Love one pot meals…..sounds so easy and delicious….can’t wait to make this….but need to buy some chipotle peppers first tho 🙂

    • Ashley


      I am a big fan, too! Not such a fan of dishes… 🙂

  • Jacquee @ I Sugar Coat It!


    Bacon, cheese AND pasta! I’m so in!

  • Renee@Two in the Kitchen


    This Mac and Cheese is making my mouth water!!

    • Ashley


      Thanks Renee!

  • Stephanie+@+Macaroni+and+Cheesecake


    This looks incredible!! Love that it’s a one pot dish too!

    • Ashley


      Thanks Stephanie!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter


    This looks incredible! I could definitely use more easy and one pot meals. This sounds awesome and can’t wait to try it out!

  • Trish+-+Mom+On+Timeout


    Oh my goodness does this look amazing!Love that it’s one pot too!

  • Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire


    Oh my gosh, this sounds AMAZING! As in, I would make a huge pot of it and hide it from everyone so I could eat it all week. Yum!

  • Julia Hoff


    This looks delicious. I can hardly wait to make this dish this weekend.

  • Charla


    My husband and I just made this for the first time. It’s amazing! We upped thed bacon a bit (cause who doesn’t love more bacon) and added about 1/3 block of extra sharp white cheddar to the 2 cups of yellow cheddar. YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  • Maddie


    I love your method of cooking the pasta in the milk – no roux/white sauce needed…can dress it up or down as one pleases..I have used Martha’s classic recipe for years but this is far easier and as good or better!

  • Mary


    Hey Dear,

    how many grams are 4 cups macaroni and 2 cups chesse? I’m a bit confused.

    Have a nice day 🙂

    • Julie Evink


      I’m sorry Mary. I don’t do recipe conversions to metric. I would find an online calculator to help with that!

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