BROCCOLI MAC AND CHEESE WITH BACON-TATER TOT TOPPING

Prep: 25 mins | Cook: 1 hr 5 mins | Total: 1 hr 30 mins | Servings: 8 | Yield: 8 servings

Cheesy and meaty! This dish will bring a smile to your face today, that’s for sure! I have listed all the steps and ingredients so there is no reason why you shouldn’t give this a try. You would love every bite of this. I guarantee that!

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounces) package elbow macaroni

6 slices bacon

2 teaspoons butter

1 head broccoli, cut into florets

1 small onion, chopped

3 large eggs eggs

2 cups of milk

salt and pepper to taste

¼ teaspoon adobo seasoning

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided’

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

20 eaches frozen bite-size potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots®)

Directions: 

Step 1: Place a large pot on the stove and pour it in salted water. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.

Step 2: Add in the macaroni and cook for 8 minutes or until al dente’. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Step 3: Ready the oven and preheat to 175 degrees C or 350 degrees F.

Step 4: Apply cooking spray in a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Step 5: Place a skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium.

Step 6: Add in the bacon and cook for 10 minutes or until the color turns brown and crispy.

Step 7: Remove the bacon and place them on a clean plate lined with paper towels. Crumble and set aside.

Step 8: Add in 1 teaspoon of butter in the skillet and allow it to melt.

Step 9: Add in the onion and broccoli. Cook for 5 minutes or until the broccoli is soft and the onion is translucent.

Step 10: In a large mixing bowl, add in the eggs, milk, and the rest of the butter. Season with adobo seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add in 1 cup Cheddar cheese, broccoli mixture, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and 1/2 of the potato nuggets.

Step 11: Place the macaroni into the baking dish and toss in the cheese mixture on top of the pasta. Stir until well mixed.

Step 12: Top with the rest of the Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, potato nuggets, and bacon. Cover with aluminum foil.

Step 13: Place inside the preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 14: Remove from the oven and let it sit on a wire rack to cool at room temperature.

Step 15: Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: 

Per Serving: 543.7 calories; protein 29.7g 59% DV; carbohydrates 53.8g 17% DV; fat 23.5g 36% DV; cholesterol 132.6mg 44% DV; sodium 655.4mg 26% DV.