Stovetop Apple-Bacon Mac And Cheese

  • Prep Time:
    15 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    20 minutes

  • Yield:
    Makes 4 servings


  • 1/4 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup Santa Cruz Organic® Apple Sauce
  • 1 (8 oz.) package truRoots® Ancient Grains Organic Elbows
  • 1 (8 oz.) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus additional for garnish


  1. COOK bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is crispy. Remove from skillet. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings. Cook shallots, flour, salt and pepper in reserved drippings over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. ADD milk, apple sauce and raw pasta. Cook on medium heat, stirring until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Add cheese and paprika, mixing until well combined.
  3. TOP with crumbled bacon and sprinkle of smoked paprika. Cover with foil. Let stand on burner 15 to 20 minutes to allow pasta to soften.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Calories Per Serving: 700
Total Fat Grams: 35g
Calories From Fat Grams: 310
Saturated Fat Grams: 18g
Saturated Fat Grams Percent Daily Value: 90%
Cholesterol: 80mg
Cholesterol Percent Daily Value: 27%
Sodium: 1450mg
Sodium Percent Daily Value: 60%
Carbohydrates: 58g
Carbohydrates Percent Daily Value: 19%
Dietary Fiber: 5g
Dietary Fiber Percent Daily Value: 20%
Sugars: 15g
Protein: 28g
Vitamin A Percent Daily Value: 20%
Calcium Percent Daily Value: 60%
Vitamin C Percent Daily Value: 10%
Iron Percent Daily Value: 15%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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