Watch Cooking Channel

Dinner Rush! BB&C Mac (Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Mac & Cheese)

As my husband loves to retort when I ask him how his workday went, “Sometimes you’re the windshield, and sometimes you’re the bug.” Regardless of your side of the motor vehicle, nothing says “time to celebrate” or “let’s get this day over with” as universally as mac & cheese.

And while I love it as much as the next guy or gal, I do still feel a bit bad about just eating a big bowl of cheese-covered starch for dinner. Call it an old habit, but a bit more nutritional balance would be nice. That’s why this mac doubles down on sensibility and cuts back on fat with two family-friendly secret weapons: cooked squash and delicious cheddar.

Stirring a box of frozen cooked squash into the cheese sauce kicks up the fiber and vitamins with an incognito yellow color that leaves any diner none the wiser. Not wanting to miss out on the “cheese” part of this equation, I also reach for a super-sharp, high-quality cheddar. I figure if there’s only room left in this pot for 1 cup of cheese, that cup had better count!

Whip up this easy stovetop mac & cheese today and relish — no matter how the day went — how deliciously the day is ending.

BB&C Mac & Cheese (Bacon, Broccoli & Cheddar Mac & Cheese)

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Ti me: 25 minutes

1 pound small-shape or short-cut pasta, such as shells or penne
1 teaspoon olive oil
8 ounces thick-cut smoked bacon, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 (10-ounce) box frozen cooked squash, defrosted
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large broccoli crown, cut into bite-sized florets

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook to al dente according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, place a medium pot over medium heat with the olive oil. Add the bacon to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pot and reserve on a paper towel-lined plate. Pour the residual grease out of the pot, reserving about 1 tablespoon.

Return the pot to medium heat and add the garlic; cook until aromatic but not golden, about 30 seconds. Add the flour to the pot and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the milk and mustard to the pot and bring the liquid up to a bubble; cook, whisking frequently, until thickened, about 1 minute. Add the squash to the pot and return to a bubble. Remove the pot from the heat, whisk in the cheese, and season the sauce with salt and pepper; reserve warm.

When the pasta has 3 minutes of cooking time left, drop the broccoli into the boiling water. Drain the cooked pasta and broccoli and combine with the cheese sauce. Garnish with the reserved crispy bacon and serve.

Patrick W. Decker’s life revolves around food. Always has, probably always will. Patrick is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a past member of the culinary teams for Food Network stars like Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Paula Deen. He now works as a food stylist and producer in NYC by day, and a food writer and recipe developer at his home in New York’s Hudson Valley by night. You can see what he’s up to by following his latest Tweets on Twitter at @patrickwdecker or visiting his website at patrickwdecker.com.

Tags:

Comments (2191)

  1. Dorla Hatherly posted 12/12/2013

    online articles on 3 tobacco free el paso…

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I’m hoping to offer one thing back and aid others like you helped me…

  2. http://s.coop/1trxn posted 12/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]The info mentioned in the article are some of the ideal accessible [...]…

  3. greencoffee posted 12/12/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  4. how to host website posted 12/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some quite interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]…

  5. Another Blog Title posted 12/12/2013

    Title…

    This is my Excerpt…

  6. tom ford sonnenbrillen 2014 posted 12/13/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are few links to sites that we link to because we think they are worthed[...]……

  7. click posted 12/13/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  8. handy orten posted 12/13/2013

    Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  9. seo company new york posted 12/13/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I noticed this…

  10. Tumblr article…

    I saw someone talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  11. Sobre Travelgenio posted 12/13/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this place…

  12. otc ed pills that work posted 12/13/2013

    Title…

    I would like to show some thanks to the writer for rescuing me from this incident. As a result of…

  13. handyortung posted 12/13/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  14. Ruthe Kwiecien posted 12/13/2013

    new study hall…

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog.Really thank you! Cool….

  15. Travelgenio opiniones posted 12/13/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool website that you might be interested in. Take a look if you want[...]……

  16. ironman elliptical posted 12/14/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some quite interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  17. Jasa SEO Terbaik posted 12/14/2013

    Website and Dreamweaver Tutorial…

    Many people still befuddle while create their website utilizing dreamveaver. A lot of instance as well as Lessons about How dreamweaver operates not enough to assist them. I know many individuals expecting dreamweaver e-book…

  18. Las Vegas Escorts posted 12/14/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  19. decorative candle posted 12/14/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  20. Lisandra Schatzel posted 12/14/2013

    writing online articles…

    very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it…

  21. vintage clothing posted 12/14/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  22. Kieth Cridland posted 12/15/2013

    dallas morning news…

    Pretty nice post. I just showed this to my colleaguewho was just talking about this….

  23. breast implants medford oregon posted 12/15/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to study or go to the content material or sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  24. Magic of Making Up posted 12/15/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related articles to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  25. TrackBack…

    Hello! I simply wish to give an enormous thumbs up for the great info you have got here on this post. I will likely be coming back to your weblog for more soon….

  26. how to get rid of acne fast posted 12/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  27. http://du.cx/Dww posted 12/16/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some quite fascinating stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]…

  28. News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  29. Pet insurance posted 12/16/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a fan of linking to bloggers that I like but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  30. Attorney posted 12/16/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a fan of linking to quality articles that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  31. Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  32. ford crate engines posted 12/17/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  33. freemotion elliptical posted 12/17/2013

    Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor many other online web pages around the web, even though they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out[...]…

  34. Make Money Online posted 12/17/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a nice artice You could Find Interesting that we Encourage You to see[...]……

  35. Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool website that you might be interested in. Check it out[...]……

  36. tao of badass posted 12/18/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this website…

  37. SEO Google posted 12/18/2013

    Healing’s Dragon…

    to uncover concerns to further improve my web-site!I suppose its okay to produce utilization of several of your concepts!!…

  38. Title…

    [...]although web sites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they’re truly worth a go through, so have a look[...]…

  39. comment posted 12/18/2013

    Digg this…

    While checking out DIGG today I noticed this…

  40. nude chat room posted 12/18/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are few of the websites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  41. Aplikasi Sepak Bola posted 12/18/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was surfing yesterday I saw a great article concerning…

  42. weight loss posted 12/19/2013

    Bored at work…

    I like to look in various places on the online world, regularly I will just go to Digg and follow thru…

  43. wow power leveling posted 12/19/2013

    safe power leveling and gold…

    You are doing a glorious job…

  44. Aplikasi Sepakbola posted 12/19/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you could see[...]……

  45. Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related articles to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  46. Irvine Chiropractor posted 12/19/2013

    Links…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]……

  47. Title…

    [...]Here are several of the web sites we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  48. Harga Timbangan Digital posted 12/20/2013

    The Silent Shard…

    This may likely be rather useful for many within your work I want to do not only with my blog but…

  49. Halina Moellers posted 12/21/2013

    human resources…

    I discovered your weblog website on google and verify a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the superb operate. I simply further up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. Looking for ahead to reading more from you in a while!……

  50. thuiswerken posted 12/21/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are a few of the web-sites we advise for our visitors[...]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c