Easy Smoky Mac 'n' Cheese


8 ounces dried elbow macaroni or desired-shape pasta (2 cups)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups fat-free milk

1-12 ounce package sliced reduced-fat process American cheese product, torn

8 ounces white cheddar, grated

1/2-1/3 cup bacon, cooked and sliced

1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped (optional)


Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, for cheese sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add cheese, stirring until melted. Stir macaroni into cheese sauce in saucepan, stirring to coat. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently. Add white cheddar, bacon, and raw almonds. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pasta/macaroni-and-cheese/