To make baked macaroni and cheese from a mix, prepare the boxed macaroni and cheese according to the instructions, then mix with shredded cheese, milk, bacon and seasonings and bake in the oven. Sprinkle with a breadcrumb topping before baking, if desired.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Preparing baked macaroni and cheese is a simple process when using a boxed mix, and simple additions make a big punch to this classic dish.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 40 minutes
- 1 package macaroni and cheese dinner
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 slices bacon
- Minced garlic
- Ground black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Preheat the oven
- Cook the bacon
- Prepare the macaroni and cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slice and cook the bacon on a skillet on medium heat until cooked through and crispy, about 10 min. Add the garlic to the skillet for the last 30 seconds of cooking.
Boil the macaroni noodles until they are cooked but still firm. Follow the instructions on the back of the macaroni and cheese dinner box to prepare the mix.
Mix the prepared macaroni and cheese with the bacon and add the remaining ingredients and season to taste. Place in an 8-inch square casserole dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the mixture is cooked through and bubbling.