Bacon Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Came up with this tonight for dinner and it is DAMN DELICIOUS! Even my older son, the vegetable-hater, ate some. Voluntarily!! ~K

Bacon Broccoli Mac & Cheese

INGREDIENTS

2 7.25-oz boxes Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (I prefer whole wheat but that wasn’t an option this time)
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons bacon fat
1/3 cup real bacon bits
2 broccoli crowns, cut into florets and steamed until tender (I saved the water for cooking the pasta)
3/4 cup milk

DIRECTIONS

Set aside the cheese sauce powder from the boxes of macaroni and cheese. Cook the pasta in a large pot according to the instructions (adding more water to the broccoli water first if necessary). Strain the water out before returning the pasta to the pot.

Add the butter, bacon fact, and bacon bits to the pasta and mix together with a wooden spoon until the butter is melted. Add the broccoli and cheese sauce powder, then continue mixing until the powder is distributed evenly throughout the mixture. Add the milk and continue stirring until the sauce is smooth.

Serve immediately.

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