Sunday, April 28, 2013

Colby Jack Bacon Mac and Peas

A little twist on plain ol' mac and cheese.

16 oz pasta of your choice( I used homemade gluten free macaroni)

6 slices bacon, chopped into pieces
1/4 cup flour OR 3 TB cornstarch
2 cups milk
8 oz shredded colby jack cheese
1 TB dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1/2 cup mashed cauliflower

Cook pasta according to package directions(or as needed for fresh)

Place bacon in a deep pan and cook over medium heat until tender crisp

If you are using flour, add it directly to the bacon and stir well until a nice paste forms, if you are using cornstarch whisk it into the cold milk.

Add milk to the pan and cook stirring often until thickened.

Add all but 1/2 cup of the cheese and mustard, stir until the cheese is melted.

Stir in peas.

Drain pasta(rinse if desired)

Mix pasta into cheese sauce and transfer to a greased baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees until hot an bubbly(about 20-30 minutes) sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake just enough to melt it.

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