Made from scratch mac & cheese with crumbled bacon and peas... cuz we need a little veggies now and again.
Happy Sunday folks!
Folks? Who says folks anymore? Eh… I'm gunna go with it.
Anyway, Happy Sunday! My mom is back in town to visit me again and this time she brought my sister! I love it when my mom comes to visit. I love having guests at my house and full of fun and excitement.
I guess that's I product of my growing up… I have a big family. Oldest of five children, so there was never a dull moment in my house. When I was a kid, I hated it. I always wanted to be left alone and just have some peace and quiet. Then when I moved out, I thought it was the greatest thing ever (maybe all 18 year-olds do, haha) but after a while I noticed I went home to “visit” almost every day. I think I really craved the chaos that I one longed would just go away. Now that I live about 1,200 miles away I have peace and quiet all the time and the visits to my mom's house are really hard to do as frequently as I once could. Plus, now all my baby brothers and sisters have grown up and flown the nest so going back isn't as exciting and chaotic as it once was.
Now that I have my on two children, my house is slightly chaotic and exciting but there are still many times when it's peace and quiet. I love both times and I especially love when my mom comes to visit because then it feels more like home when I was growing up. Bonus that my husband loves my mom, too! Even though he didn't grown up with a big family, he really wants a big family and secretly craves the chaos too.
So, when I asked my mom to come help me babysit the kids so I could go to Nashville in June for our annual Coach Summit, I knew she would say yes and I was even more excited when she told me that my littlest sister wanted to come too. She not really little anymore since she just turned 18 two weeks ago.
Ugh… that makes me feel old.
Anyway, they are going to be here for a month! We have a ton of things planned… like heading to Chicago for the day, Traverse City for a few days, going to the beach, etc. And they are waiting on me right now to finish up this post so we can head to the beach since it's beautifully sunny and 70 degrees outside.
So onto the topic at hand… Bacon and Pea Mac & Cheese! Mac & Cheese was a favorite of mine growing up and I loved when my mom would make homemade mac & cheese – which surprisingly wasn't very often. Of course my two babies love mac & cheese and so does my sister, so I made this delish dish for them last night after they arrived. It comes together in about 20 minutes and is a perfect comfort meal for a rainy day or after a long day of driving like they did. Plus, there's bacon… and everything tastes better with bacon.
Bacon and Pea Mac & Cheese
- 8 oz pasta
- 1 cup peas frozen
- 6 slices bacon
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 oz shredded fontina cheese
- In a saute pan, cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
- Begin cooking pasta according to package directions. Just before pasts is finished cooking, add frozen peas and cook until pasta is al dente.
- Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, and drain rest of pasts and peas. Return to pot.
- Add yogurt, 1/4 cup pasta water, and 1/3 of the grated cheese. Stir until cheese has melted and is incorporated into pasta. Continue this way with remaining cheese and pasta water. Add bacon and mix well.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.