After a few tough family days we all needed a yummy meal that we could enjoy and not feel too guilty about. We had recently gotten a reality check when it comes to spending time together as well as enjoying everything we have. I spent the afternoon making this recipe at my parent’s house because I knew they needed a break and to be taken care of for a change.
My parents have never let a day go by without either calling or doing something for my sister and I and our husbands. In moments where they are in need we begin to realize that even more and how truly blessed we are to have them. They deserve to be taken care of, just as they have my sister and me our whole lives.
With all that said I decided to add a twist to traditional mac and cheese because I wasn’t about to make something for them out of a box- although we do eat them occasionally and enjoy them. This particular day called for something comforting, homemade and delicious!
- Dry elbows or small pasta of your choice (2 lb)
- 3 cups shredded cheese
- 1/2 cup milk of choice- for creamier pasta use a full cup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 2 cups broccoli
- 1 package of bacon (12 oz)
- Bread crumbs if desired
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
- Begin to cook bacon in the oven until crispy- alternatively you can cook your bacon in a pan and drain the fat.
- Meanwhile, cook the macaroni in salted water until al dente- in the last few minutes of cooking pasta add broccoli to slightly soften
- Drain your pasta but don’t rinse.
- In a small pot, stir together the milk, cheese, and salt until cheese melts.
- Meanwhile, chop your cooked bacon and add it to your pasta and broccoli mix
- Add the yogurt and cook on low, just until the sauce is hot.
- Chop your cooked bacon and add it to your pasta and broccoli mix
- Stir in the cooked pasta, broccoli and bacon into the sauce mixture
- Ladle your mix into a casserole, top with extra cheese if you would like.
- Bake for 10 min to warm through
- Broil towards the end of cooking process to brown bread crumbs if desired.
This recipe can easily be reduced to make smaller portions but we used this for a family day and ended up having a second casserole to eat at Christmas Eve dinner which worked out really nicely. I hope that this dish brings you as much comfort as it did us
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