Macaroni and Cheese With Kale and Bacon Recipe

Posted: June 18, 2015 in Articles
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Noodles and Bacon, the Magic Ingredient

Noodles and Bacon (the Magic Ingredient)

Okay, so kale is very popular these days, but for some people, kale is also just something they have always eaten.

But with the new rise of kale popularity, there are some tasty recipes out on the internet, and we borrowed from one of them for a fancy macaroni and cheese casserole.

We already love mac & cheese, but this was macaroni and cheese with kale and bacon baked in a casserole pan with crumbled crackers and butter sprinkled on top.

In addition to being fancy, it’s also really good! It’s slightly more than your average macaroni and cheese, but not really extravagant; it makes quite a nice meal.

You can also freeze it unbaked (without the cracker topping) and then defrost it, add the topping, and bake whenever you need an easy and/or quick meal. We actually doubled it which makes a ton, but we froze some and anyway, us kids also like cold leftovers. It’s going to be very useful for us this summer 🙂

Anyway, we enjoyed this recipe very much and thought you’d like to try it too.

Ingredients:

  • A 1 pound box of macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crushed
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup light sour cream
  • 2 (7.5) bags Sargento® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar (or any cheese you like)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 cups steamed kale, cut into small pieces (about 3 cups uncooked)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups crushed oyster crackers (or Ritz, saltines, etc)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 2.5 quart casserole dish.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Cook bacon until crispy, cool, and then crush or chop into small pieces.
  4. Steam kale for a couple minutes, until slightly wilted and crisp-tender.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, cheddar, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Pour in cooked macaroni, kale and bacon. Stir to combine.
  6. Pour into prepared casserole dish, smoothing top down.
  7. Melt the butter. Add in crushed crackers and stir. Pour oven the top of the casserole, evenly.
  8. Place in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and everything is heated through.

That’s it! The original recipe can be found here.

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