Bacon and cheese macaroni

Kids will love this new take on this family favourite.
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Recipe from: 15 July 2011
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins


  • 250
    streaky bacon, cut into small batons
  • 30
    olive oil
  • 1
    large onion, finely chopped
  • 400
    mixed mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 600
    milk (or half and half)
  • 2
    packets instant cheese sauce
  • 5
    dried oregano (or to taste)
  • large pinch ground nutmeg
  • 125
    fat-reduced cream
  • 250
    (tightly packed) strong cheese of your choice, coarsely grated
  • 125
    coarsely chopped parsley
  • 250
    elbow macaroni or penne pasta, cooked, seasoned and oiled
  • salt and milled black pepper
  • more tasty cheese, finely grated, to serve
Servings: Change Serving


Place the bacon in a heated saucepan and lightly brown while its own fat is rendering.
Add the olive oil and onion and sauté until translucent.
Add the mushrooms and sauté until they release their juices.
Whisk together the milk or half and half, sauce powder, oregano and nutmeg and add to the saucepan.
Stir until it boils and thickens.
Remove from heat and stir in the cream, 250 ml grated cheese, the parsley and the cooked pasta and toss lightly.
Season to taste and serve, passing around a bowl of finely grated cheese and a pepper mill for the adults.

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