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Mac n Cheese with Bacon and Kale 396 calories and 10 weight watchers points plus

Mac n Cheese with Kale & Bacon #ChoppedAtHome @SargentoCheese

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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 396kcal
Author: Organize Yourself Skinny

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce bag of whole grain elbow noodles
  • 6 ounces kale about 5 - 6 cups
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 slices cooked bacon crumbled
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 7.5-ounce packages Sargento Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups oyster crackers crushed
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes. The noodles will still be on the hard side. Place the noodles in a 9 x 13 casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil on medium high in a large frying pan. Add the kale and cook until just wilted.
  • Place the kale and bacon crumbles over top of the noodles.
  • In a medium saucepan add the chicken stock and milk. Whisk in the flour until it is completely dissolved. Heat over medium-heat until the milk and chicken stock is bubbly, whisking occasionally.
  • Whisk in the granulated garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  • Slowly stir in the 2 packages of Sargento Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar Cheese until it is melted.
  • Pour cheese sauce over the kale, bacon, and noodles. Stir until all of the ingredients are evenly coated with the cheese sauce.
  • Mix together the crushed oyster crackers and butter. Sprinkle the crumbs over the top of the macaroni and cheese.
  • Bake for 50 minutes or until bubbly and the cracker crumbs are browned.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Make ahead tip
This recipe can be completely made ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. warm it up in the microwave when ready to eat. You might need to add a little milk for added creaminess.
You can also freeze into portions. Heat in microwave when ready to eat. 2-3 minutes on high and again add a little milk if needed for creaminess.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g