Cheesy Baked Macaroni with White Beans and Bacon. {Video!}

Dinner tonight is on me.

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This is the easiest dinner idea with just an extra layer of flavor added in. Crispy, crunchy bacon pieces and creamy white beans. I KNOW! More white beans. I can’t stop. We love ‘em!

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Every week Eddie makes a version of this to take for (one of his) lunches throughout the week. He eats, like, three lunches a day and I’ve spoiled him with variety AND he basically eats dinner for lunch, so this is always an easy, go-to option. I’m actually mad that he started making it for his lunch because it’s one of my favorite dinners to make and now I feel like I can’t ever make it!

Just looking at this cheesy goodness makes me crave a big dish of it. Comfort food at it’s finest.

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This recipe is in partnership with my favorites over at DeLallo Foods. I don’t buy any other whole wheat pasta (the selection in their store is insane!) and we should probably own stock in it. IT IS SO GOOD.

But the real star of the show here is their Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce. Ohhhh my word. You guys know that I don’t go nuts over spicy food and this just does the trick. It adds a little zing to the dish and it’s works with all the cheese.

Oh and If I’m making this for dinner and Max is going to eat it, I tend to use regular marinara or tomato basil. These sauces are what helped turn me into a tomato sauce convert!

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P.S. don’t forget about my page of favorites over at DeLallo! You can receive 10% off your order with the code SWEET10. Woohoo!

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Cheesy Baked Macaroni with White Beans and Bacon

Ingredients:

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta and cook according to the directions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat an oven-safe skillet or pot over medium-low heat. Add the bacon and cook until it's completely crispy and the fat is rendered. Once crispy, remove almost all of the bacon grease from the skillet with a spoon (just set it aside in a bowl to save or firm up to throw away) and stir in the cooked pasta and white beans. Add the jar of spicy arrabbiata and stir. Stir in the parmesan cheese and a few fresh basil leaves. Top with the provolone cheese.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melty and bubbly. Add extra parmesan and fresh herbs on top. Serve!

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Look at that CHEESE. Dead.