Bacon, Leek, and Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon, Leek, and Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Surprising twist to a family classic! White cheese, bacon, and leeks. Yes, leeks--a less tangy onion! And this is a one-pot meal! No draining of the water. Super fun, quick, easy, and yummy!
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Bring water to a boil in an 8-quart stockpot.
  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain bacon on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Step 3

    Add macaroni, Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to the boiling water. Cover and let simmer vigorously for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Step 4

    While the macaroni mixture cooks, trim dark green parts off leek and discard. Slice leek in half lengthwise, then crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a bowl of cold water and swish to remove dirt. Drain leek and stir into the macaroni mixture.
  5. Step 5

    Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender and sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Meanwhile, cut tomatoes in half lengthwise. Remove cores and scrape out seeds. Dice tomatoes; reserve 1/4 cup for garnish. Remove stockpot from heat; stir in remaining tomatoes and 1/2 of the bacon. Spoon macaroni into a serving bowl and garnish with remaining bacon and reserved tomatoes. Serve immediately.