Corn and Bacon Skillet Mac and Cheese

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There are a lot of "and"'s in that recipe title, aren't there? I made this a few weeks ago and never got around to sharing it with you, but I realized that corn season is almost over so if I wanted you all to try how great this recipe is, I needed to get to typed up right away!

This is the first time I've ever made and mac and cheese recipe in a skillet. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised



Corn and Bacon Skillet Mac and Cheese
Source: Iowa Girl Eats
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 1/2 lb. gemelli pasta
    • 4 slices bacon, chopped
    • 2 ears corn, kernels removed
    • 2 tbsp. butter
    • 2 tbsp. flour
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 cup milk
    • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • salt and pepper
    • diced tomato, for garnish
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel
3. Discard all bacon fat except for 1 teaspoon. Add the corn to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a plate.
4. Add the butter to the skillet, then whisk in the flour and stir for 30 seconds or until lightly golden. Add in 1/4 cup of chicken broth and stir until incorporated. Then add in the remaining chicken broth and the milk. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and become bubbly. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese with a wooden spoon.
6. Add the pasta, bacon and corn to the skillet and stir until everything is coated with the cheese sauce. Serve, topped with diced tomatoes.



I really liked adding corn to mac and cheese since that was something I'd never done before. Bacon is a given, but corn is a nice choice to provide some unexpected sweetness to an otherwise savory dish. It is definitely one of those dishes you eat and think "summer". And bonus, cooking this in a skillet greatly decreases the time compared to an oven style mac and cheese recipe. 

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