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Skillet Mac and Cheese with Bacon & Apples

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 28 minutes Yield: 4 servings


• 6 slices bacon, chopped
• 2 Gala apples, cored and chopped
• 2 sprigs fresh thyme
• 2 cups small shells pasta
• 3-1/2 cups whole milk, divided
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1-1/2 cups shredded white Cheddar cheese (6 ounces)


1. Add bacon to large cast iron or other high-sided skillet and cook over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently. Use slotted spoon to transfer bacon to plate.
2. Remove and discard all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from skillet. Add apples and thyme to skillet and cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove and discard thyme sprigs and transfer apples to plate with bacon.
3. Add pasta, 2 cups milk, salt and pepper to skillet. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 4 minutes or until milk is reduced to a thick sauce, stirring constantly.
4. Stir in remaining 1-1/2 cups milk and cook 10 minutes or until pasta is al dente and milk has reduced by half, stirring frequently.
5. Turn off heat. Add cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Top with reserved bacon and apples and serve immediately.

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