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Rich and creamy macaroni and cheese gets lightened up a bit and tossed with sweet peas, crispy bacon and flavorful caramelized onions!
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5 from 3 votes

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Peas

Rich and creamy macaroni and cheese gets lightened up a bit and tossed with sweet peas, crispy bacon and flavorful caramelized onions!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cavatappi pasta 16 oz
  • 2 cups frozen peas thawed
  • 1 lb bacon diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 cups Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sour cream plain Greek yogurt may be substituted
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp hot sauce optional

Instructions

  • Cook pasta, according to package directions, in a large pot of salted boiling water. Drain.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium, and in the bacon drippings, saute your diced onion until golden brown. Remove to the plate with the bacon.
  • In a saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp butter. Once melted, whisk in 3 Tbsp flour until it resembles a paste. Cook for 1 minute. Whisk in almond milk and continue whisking until smooth.
  • Add garlic and thyme and bring to a slight boil. Stir in cheeses, a little at a time, until smooth, a few minutes, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add drained pasta, peas, bacon and onions to the sauce and stir until well combined. Stir in sour cream and hot sauce.