Big-Batch Bacon Mac & Cheese Casserole

Prep time: 15min
Total time: 60min
Serves: 12
21/4 cups
Compliments Elbow Macaroni
560 mL
1/4 cup
butter
60 mL
1
large onion, finely diced
1/4 cup
all-purpose flour
60 mL
4 cups
milk
1 L
2 cups
shredded Sensations by Compliments Canadian Cheddar Cheese Aged 2 Years, divided
500 mL
1 pkg
Compliments Naturally Smoked Bacon 37% Less Salt, chopped
375 g
calories
300
fat
18 g
saturated fat
9 g
carbs
23 g
sugar
5 g
protein
14 g
cholestrol
50 mg
fibre
1 g
sodium
400 mg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Cook pasta according to package directions but reduce cooking time by 2 min. Drain.

  2. Heat half the butter over medium heat in the same saucepan. Add onion. Cook, stirring for 5 to 8 min, or until tender. Sprinkle evenly with flour. Cook for 2 min. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth. While stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 to 12 min or until sauce thickens slightly. Stir in 1 ½ cups cheese and prepared macaroni.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 10 to 12 min. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain. Add all except ¼ cup bacon to pasta mixture; stir to combine.

  4. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. (33 x 23 cm) baking dish. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling and golden.