Bacon Macaroni Cheese

filed under: Food + Drink on May 8, 2018

The creamiest, cheesiest, best easy bacon macaroni and cheese you’ve ever had! Made with three kinds of cheese and plenty of freshly cooked bacon!

Bacon Macaroni Cheese

Bacon Macaroni Cheese

This is it.  This is the ultimate comfort food.  This Easy Bacon Mac and Cheese is simple to make, rich, creamy, cheesy, and absolutely loaded with flavor.

If you love a nice and easy mac and cheese recipe, you’re going to love it even more when you get to add BACON.

We’re not just adding bacon, we’re going to build our creamy cheese sauce by starting with just a bit of bacon grease and a little bit of butter, and things just continue to get better from there (no, this definitely isn’t health food).  Let’s dig into exactly how we’re going to make this ultimate bacon mac and cheese.

Bacon Mac n Cheese Recipe

How Do I Make Bacon Macaroni and Cheese?

We’ll start by cooking the bacon in a large pot (preferably a Dutch oven, if you have one).  Cook the bacon until it’s crisp and browned and then remove it with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate and drain all but about a Tablespoon of bacon grease (you’ll want to leave a bit in for flavor, trust me!).

Now we’ll make our cheese sauce, starting with butter (like I said, not exactly health food) and a bit of flour, then adding our milk and seasonings, and finally our cheese.  You can generally substitute your favorite shredded cheese to suit your preferences, but I recommend using a mix of sharp cheddar and mozzarella, and definitely, don’t omit the 2 oz of cream cheese! It gives this easy bacon mac and cheese a great rich flavor.

Lastly, add your cooked pasta and your bacon pieces and give everything a good stir.

The BEST Bacon Macaroni and Cheese!

This bacon macaroni and cheese requires no fancy breadcrumb toppings and no baking.

Stir everything together and serve it right out of your pot for the best, creamiest side dish you’ve ever had.

This is a winning potluck dish and is perfect for any and every get-together.  I like to cook extra bacon and then top my portion off with a sprinkle of the extra pieces and a sprinkle of dried chives, but these are completely optional!


Cheesy Bacon Macaroni

5 from 4 votes
bacon mac and cheese recipe (1 of 1)
Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

The creamiest, cheesiest, best easy bacon macaroni and cheese you’ve ever had! Made with three kinds of cheese and plenty of freshly cooked bacon!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
Servings: 8
Author: Samantha Merrit
  • 8 strips uncooked bacon chopped into pieces
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 c whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 2 c sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz macaroni noodles cooked al dente and drained
  1. Place chopped bacon in the bottom of a dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Cook until browned and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. Drain all but 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease and return to medium heat. Add butter and heat until melted.
  3. Once butter has melted, add flour and whisk until smooth and no lumps remain.

  4. Add milk and spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground mustard), stir well and bring to a boil.
  5. Once mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat, bring to a simmer, and stir frequently until mixture is thickened (if you dip a spoon in the sauce, it should cover the back of the spoon so that no metal is showing).
  6. Reduce heat to low and add cheddar, mozzarella, and cream cheese. Stir until cheeses are melted and the mixture is smooth.
  7. Add cooked, drained pasta noodles and bacon and stir until well coated with the sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Scott says:

    Why is there a video for this on facebook but no video or link to it on this page?

    • Amanda says:

      I will add the video to this post. 🙂

  • sharon k jessee says:

    i am going when i get my stamps

  • Brenda Taratus says:

    Love your recipes. ♥️

  • Laura Simmons says:

    Really good but very very cheesy. I like it that way but hubby doesn’t. Very good recipe

  • Caitlin says:

    Could you make this in a crockpot without bacon?

  • Vanessa says:

    Anyone else have a difficult time with the flour step? Mine is still lumpy. I am doubling up, but I haven’t even put the full amount of flour. Fingers crossed.

  • Alex Mckibben says:

    This was great! I made it for a potluck and the kids loved it.

  • Jen says:

    Really easy one pot comfort food meal. I used the milk and cheese I had on hand so more a combo of milk and heavy cream, cheddar jack and parm is all I had. Still good. Results are: it’s gone!

  • Linda OConnor says:

    My grandson loves mac & cheese. Today he said he saw a recipe on one of those TV shows for bacon macaroni and cheese. I searched until I came across this one. Boy was it a hit! Love,love,love. I just made too much. Can I freeze the left overs?