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Country Bacon-Beef Mac and Cheese

Wow. Meaty slow cooker mac and cheese is easy to make, very tasty and kids love it! —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 5 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups uncooked protein-enriched or whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until crisp, 5-6 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of drippings. Brown ground beef in drippings; remove from pan. Add onion to skillet; cook and stir until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more.
  • Combine red pepper, carrot, seasonings and pasta in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Layer with ground beef, bacon and onion mixture (do not stir). Pour in broth.
  • Cook, covered, on low for about 1 hour, until meat and vegetables are tender. Thirty minutes before serving, stir in sour cream and cheeses.

Test Kitchen tips
  • If mixture becomes too dry, stir in milk or broth to desired consistency.
  • If you would like a creamier macaroni, stir in more sour cream.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/2 cups: 591 calories, 36g fat (17g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 719mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 38g protein.

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    • Vanessa
      Sep 7, 2020

      No comment left

    • Kathy
      Sep 14, 2019

      Made this tonight and was very disappointed. Didn’t look anything like the picture. Macaroni wasn’t done in one hour time. Even gave it extra time. We ate one serving of it and threw the rest in the trash. It turned out kind of like slop.

    • robbrd
      Sep 1, 2019

      @Lois The ingredients list elbows on the top right column. Step 2 says to combine the "pasta" with other ingredients in the slow cooker. The information is there. We'll give this a go once the weather cools down.

    • Tara
      Sep 1, 2019

      Lois - it’s in step 2, read it again

    • Lois
      Aug 29, 2019

      Where is the macaroni? When and how does tat get added. Doesn’t anyone review the recipes before they are posted?

    • Dianne
      Dec 21, 2018

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