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Macaroni cheese with crispy bacon

10
9
8
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
40 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
30 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
Macaroni cheese has received a makeover to create a hearty pasta bake that isn’t so bad for the waistline.

Ingredients

Pasta

250 g, macaroni

Olive oil

2 tsp

Brown onion

1 medium, finely chopped

Garlic

1 clove(s), finely chopped

Shortcut bacon

125 g, finely chopped

97% fat-free cottage cheese

200 g, (1 cup)

Egg(s)

1 medium

Grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s)

Cherry tomato

250 g, truss variety

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water following packet instructions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a plate. Add bacon to the same pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes or until golden.
  3. Whisk the cottage cheese, egg and half the parmesan in a large bowl until combined. Add the pasta and onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Transfer to a 6-cup (1.5L) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with the bacon and remaining parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
  4. Bake tomatoes on a baking tray with the macaroni cheese for the last 15-20 minutes of cooking or until skins start to split. Serve the macaroni cheese with tomatoes.

Notes

SERVING SUGGESTION: Mixed salad leaves, fennel and balsamic vinegar.