Creamy and rich Bacon Mac & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Made on the stovetop, macaroni noodles, smoky bacon and an irresistibly cheesy sauce come together all in one pot. This simple and easy Bacon Mac & Cheese recipe is perfect for a family weeknight dinner or for a weekend breakfast with eggs cooked on top.

We started with a classic mac and cheese recipe, giving it a flavorful boost from bacon to make it extra delicious. Adding in pickled jalapenos gives it an unexpected flavor twist that you’ll love. As far as homemade mac & cheese recipes go, this one’s a winner. It’s quick and easy to make and full of flavor. The macaroni pasta cooks up in a GoodCook Classic 10” Sauté Pan with chicken stock, evaporated milk and a splash of hot sauce. Just as it’s finished cooking, shredded cheese, Challenge butter and bacon are stirred in, making it the richest, creamiest mac & cheese around.

If you’re ready to take this recipe to the next level, garnish with Mrs. Cubbison’s Baked 100% Cheese Crisps. We crumbled them on top for crunchy texture, and boy did they deliver! These crunchy little bites of parmesan are the perfect addition to salad, pasta, soup, and our one-pot mac & cheese. They’re crispy, crunchy, gluten-free and absolutely perfect crumbled on top of this recipe.

Get The Tools

Who said you can’t have mac & cheese for breakfast? Perfect for a weekend brunch, transfer the mac & cheese to a GoodCook Cast Iron Skillet, crack in 6 eggs, and bake until eggs are just set. Garnish with crumbled bacon and cheese crisps for one incredible breakfast treat.

Whether you want a satisfying weeknight dinner or hearty breakfast, this Bacon Mac & Cheese is a comforting and delicious dish. From the GoodCook Classic 10” Sauté Pan to the GoodCook Cast Iron Skillet, GoodCook has all the cookware you’ll need for this irresistible recipe. Are you ready to get cooking?

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Best-Ever Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Serves 6     adjust servings
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  • 3 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (16 oz.) box macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Challenge Butter
  • A few grinds of fresh ground pepper, or 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2-3 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, chopped (optional)
  • 2 big handfuls of Mrs. Cubbison’s Cheese Crisps (about 1/2 package crushed)
  • 1 can water (use the evaporated milk can) as needed to thin


In the large 12 inch skillet cook bacon until crisp. Drain fat and set aside.

Add pasta, stock, evaporated milk, hot sauce, and sea salt to unwashed bacon skillet. Bring pot to a simmer, stir regularly to prevent sticking and allow for even cooking. After 7 minutes, test pasta for doneness. When pasta is done and the liquid has come to a thin sauce, gradually stir in shredded cheese, Challenge butter, bacon (reserve a few bits to garnish with), pepper and pickled jalapenos (if using). If the pasta sauce seems a bit thick, stir in additional water, a few tablespoons at a time, to reach desired consistency.

Finish by sprinkling with remaining bacon pieces and crushing a handful of Mrs. Cubbison’s Cheese Crisps over the top.

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