Spinach & Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

What you need:

  • 3 cups medium shell macaroni, uncooked
  • 1 pkg. frozen spinach leaves (original recipe calls for 6 oz. fresh baby - I will only use half a frozen 10 oz. next time)
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped (I will probably add more next time)
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook shells according to pkg, adding spinach in the last 2 to 3 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cook bacon; save grease! Drain bacon on paper towels and crumble.
  3. Add flour to bacon grease and stir until bubbly. Slowly stir in milk. Bring to a boil, while stirring, cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in 1 cup cheddar (or accidentally 2 cups) and Parmesan; continue stirring until cheese is melted completely.
  5. Pour cheese into macaroni and spinach; add bacon. Mix.
  6. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with 1 cup remaining cheddar (or whatever cheese you find in your fridge because you accidentally put 2 cups in on step 4). Bake for 20 minutes.