20-Minute One-Pot Creamy Macaroni & Cheese Recipe With Bacon by 30Seconds Food

20-Minute One-Pot Creamy Macaroni & Cheese Recipe With Bacon

Bacon, cheese and pasta? Oh, my! This easy bacon macaroni and cheese recipe cooks in one pot, so it's easier cleanup. This cheesy macaroni and cheese recipe with bacon is ready in about 20 minutes. Quick, easy and delicious!

Use whatever pasta your family prefers for this one-pot mac and cheese recipe. Elbow macaroni is always a good choice, but you could try cavatappi, rotini, penne or rigatoni noodles. This is a decadent and impressive side dish to serve with chickenporkbeef or lamb

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 - 7 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) rotini, elbow macaroni or cavatappi (or your favorite pasta)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cook the bacon in a large pot until crispy, about 4 minutes. Remove to a paper towel. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.
  2. Add the flour and cook, whisking, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add the water and milk. Whisk until smooth. 
  4. Add the pasta, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook about 10 to 11 minutes or until pasta is tender. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Add the cheese and stir until smooth. If you want a thinner sauce, add a little more milk. Stir in the bacon. 

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Large Pots $10 & Up
Rotini Pasta $1 & Up
Elbow Macaroni $1 & Up
Cavatappi $2 & Up
Garlic Powder $2 & Up
Onion Powder $3 & Up
Smoked Paprika $3 & Up
Whisks $5 & Up

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What an awesome one pot meal. 😋
Everyone will love this recipe, can’t wait!
Elisa Schmitz
Comfort food at its finest! #yum

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