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Adult Mac n' Cheese

Mac ‘n Cheese is all grown up in this deliciously rich cheddar-cheesy dish made with small pasta shells, bacon, frozen peas and heavy cream. Top with chopped green scallions as a garnish.
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 26 (approximate)

Ingredients

  • 29 oz. Pioneer® Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix (94358), prepared
  • 2 lbs. Pasta shells (small), cooked and drained
  • 1 lb. Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 lbs. Frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 bunch Scallions, green parts only, chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat convection oven to 350°F.
  • Prepare the Pioneer® Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix according to package instructions. Reserve 2 quarts of the sauce for another use and set aside remaining 2 quarts.
  • Cook the pasta shells according to package instructions in well-salted water. Once the shells are al dente, drain them well and toss with the thawed peas in a large mixing bowl
  • While the pasta is cooking, crisp the bacon in a large sauté pan or in a 350°F convection oven.  Roughly chop the bacon when cooled.
  • Pour the reserved 2 quarts of cheese sauce over the pasta and peas, add the cooked bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Toss well, making sure the cheese melts.
  • Finish the pasta dish with the heavy cream, mixing well, and season with salt to taste. Garnish the pasta with the green scallion tops and serve.

Notes

Substitute Products:
  • Pioneer® Cheese Sauce Mix (94335)
  • Morrison's® Green Label Cheddar Cheese Sauce Mix (07269)
  • For a spicy alternative, substitute Pioneer® Nacho Cheese Sauce Mix (94331)!