Chicken Mac and CheeseOctober 16, 2010
I know I’ve mentioned before that Meeshie only likes mac and cheese out of the blue box.
That’s a real bummer for me because I love homemade mac and cheese and I have quite a few awesome recipes.
The blue box, on the other hand, is not one of my favorites.
That’s why I like this recipe so much. It has chicken in it, obviously.
I make it and tell Meeshie that it’s a chicken casserole.
A little white lie never hurt anyone, right?
It doesn’t in my book if I don’t have to suffer through the blue box and have a hearty meal.
Oh and it has bacon!
The peppers in this really add a great flavor to the pasta without overpowering anything.
- 1 lbs pasta (I used whole wheat)
- 2 boneless chicken breasts, grilled and chopped
- 3 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 T butter
- 1 T flour
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 C milk
- 1 C Half and Half
- 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 C shredded smoked Gruyère cheese or swiss cheese
- 1/2 C parmesan cheese
Boil water for pasta and cook according to directions.
In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and saute onions and red pepper. While water is boiling, make sauce. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add butter and flour and whisk together to create a roux. Add milk and half and half, stirring constantly. Add cheeses and pinch of nutmeg, stirring consistently for 5-8 minutes until mixture thickens.
In a baking dish, layer pasta, chicken, pepper and onion mixture, and bacon. Add half of cheese sauce, then more pasta, chicken, peppers, onion and bacon. Add remaining cheese sauce.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
Here is the original recipe. How Sweet it Is is a really great site.
I added more liquid and less pasta to the recipe. I like my mac and cheese really creamy. This made a nice amount of pasta and is great with a small salad on the side. I marinaded the chicken breast and grilled it the day before I made this. I wanted to make sure that the chicken added a punch and it did.