Beef, Bacon and Tomato Mac & Cheese

Are you a mac and cheese lover?  This is definitely a recipe to give a try!  My better half was not a fan of the tomatoes being in this, so he lucked out when I didn’t have a 4 qt. glass baking dish.  I split the recipe up, where one had the tomatoes and the other did not.  Original recipe is at the end.

This is a great recipe to make on a chilly night – would be a great side for pulled pork (or put on top of the pulled pork!).  Green beans would go great with this as a side.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package bacon (I used a 1.5 lb of Wright bacon)
  • 1 lb beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 loaf (32 oz. box) of Velveeta cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter (I used unsalted butter)
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 package (16 oz.) elbow noodles
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • Bag of fresh spinach (optional)

Directions:

  1. You will need a 4 quart glass baking dish.  We have a 3 quart and a 1 quart glass baking dish, so I used those two for this.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3.  Cook bacon – I put ours in the oven at 350.  If you do it this way, spray a baking sheet and line the bacon on it.  You can put the bacon in the oven while it is preheating.  Should take about 30-35 minutes.
  4.  Brown the beef with the diced onion and minced garlic.  Once done, drain the grease and set aside.
  5.  Cut Velveeta cheese into cubes and place in a microwave bowl with the milk and butter.  I also sprinkled some garlic powder into the mix.  Heat until it is melted and continue to stir.  It may be runny, which is fine – it will thicken up.  Add the shredded cheese.
  6.  Boil the elbow noodles – be sure not to overcook.  Boil 3 minutes less than what the package states.  Once done, drain.
  7.  Cut the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces.
  8.  Combine the browned beef, noodles, tomatoes and cheese together –  I used the same pot that I boiled the noodles in.
  9.  Once bacon is done, soak any grease with a paper towel.  Once cool enough to cut, dice up the bacon.
  10.  Grease the glass bakeware you will be using and pour the beef, tomato mac & cheese mix into it.
  11.  Scatter the diced bacon over the top.
  12.  Bake for 30 minutes covered with foil.
  13.  Take out of oven, remove the foil and sprinkle the bread crumbs on top.  Put back in for another 5 minutes.

Now it is time to enjoy!

Original recipe

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