This one was a good one. The kids like it, the hubby likes it, it is super easy to make and takes almost no time to whip up. It's a win for everyone.
Bacon and Pea Macaroni & Cheese
2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
1 small bag of frozen peas
4 slices bacon
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 Tbsp hot sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Colby Jack cheese, shredded
salt and pepper
Cook bacon until crispy. Set aside on a paper towel to cool.
Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan, cook pasta according to package directions. Add the peas during the last minute of cooking. Drain pasta and peas. Retain about 1 cup of pasta water for later use.
Return the pasta and peas to the pot and pour in the pasta water you kept. Add yogurt, hot sauce and about 1/3 of the cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and add a 1/3 more cheese. Stir again and add the rest of the cheese.
Crumble bacon and add to pot. Stir until combine. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
Don't be scared away by the hot sauce, you can barely even taste it.
I didn't have any bacon on hand when I made this recipe and took the picture, so I used a bottle of bacon bits. I have also used canned peas before. not as good, but not horrible either.
This feeds my family of 6.
I am thinking of adding a little spicy mustard next time to see what kind of flavor that will give it.