Thanks again for visiting, I have something delicious to share with you this week! After I wrote the 'big exam' I was telling you all about this past week and now that the weather has gotten noticeably colder, I have found myself with some major comfort food cravings! When I think of comfort food I think of homemade, decadent family recipes that are sure to hit the spot every time! Unfortunately, comfort food can often be pretty high in calories and not always packed with all the vitamin and mineral benefits of a hearty salad, but moderation is key and enjoying your favorite foods, even the ones that might not be the MOST nutritious, is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
There are many ways to make this recipe more nutritious such as using whole wheat pasta, adding less bacon, using low sodium tomato sauce and low fat cheese, or even adding veggies right into the mix, however I am going to share with you the original recipe in all it's glory. Very simple and VERY delicious. I have shared this recipe with many of my friends and most of them now make this as a treat in their household. I have yet to hear any complaints from their husbands either ;)
So first things first. The key to this casserole is the bacon. It's really the only part of this recipe that is a pain since making bacon can be time consuming and does require some forethought. The key to making perfect bacon, in my opinion, is to bake it in the oven. Forget pan frying your bacon. Instead, layer 1 package of bacon on a foiled lined baking sheet (see below) and bake in the oven at 350 C for 25 or 30 minutes, or until the desired level of crispiness is achieved! For this recipe you want your bacon not to soft but not to crispy either.
Bring to a rolling boil and then add your pasta. For me, this recipe NEEDS elbow macaroni. No real reason other than that is always how my mom made it and I'm a stickler for tradition! Use whichever pasta is your favorite. Remember, whole wheat pasta is a great alternative to get some extra fibre!
Remember that pairing this meal with a side salad or cooked veggie is a great way to round out the meal. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk and I guarantee you won't be disappointed! Hope you and your family enjoy this little indulgence. Let me know in the comments below if you tried it and what you thought!
Have a great week everyone!
1 packaged bacon (cooked)
3 cups macaroni, cooked
1 can tomato soup
3/4 can milk
1 cup grated cheese (I use marble)
1) Layer bacon on a foiled lined baking sheet and cook at 350 C for 30 minutes or until it starts to get crispy. Flip halfway through cooking time. Once cooked, put bacon between 2 pieces of paper towel to remove excess grease and let cool.
2) While the bacon is cooking, boil pasta until it starts to soften. Drain.
3)In a large glass baking dish, stir together 1 can of tomato soup, 3/4 can of milk (use soup can), and 1 cup of grated cheese. Add pasta and stir until coated.
4) Once bacon is cooled, cut into small pieces and add to casserole dish and mix until combined with other ingredients.
5)Bake casserole at 350 C for about 30 minutes or until there is no thin liquid at the bottom of the pan.
NOTE: You can find this recipe and all others posted on the WHITTY NUTRITION Blog under the Recipes section.