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One-Pot Bacon Chipotle Mac & Cheese

posted by Julie Evink on September 15, 2014

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One-Pot Bacon Chipotle Mac & Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Serves 5-6 servings     adjust servings

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


  • 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


  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!


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 741kcal Calories from fat 303
% Daily Value
Total Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 923mg38%
Carbohydrate 75g25%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
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:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • 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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