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Savory and Sweet Mac and Cheese

Savory and Sweet Mac and Cheese

Exactly what you were thinking – a mac and cheese that is both sweet and savory? Well, it’s pretty darn good.

By Jocelyn Ruggiero of Relish

Mark Boughton Photography / Styling by Teresa Blackburn

The savory is bacon and parmesan cheese. The sweet is honey. Generously mix these ingredients with a deep dish of cream cheesy pasta shells and you’ve got a main dessert course

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This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as, “Sweet and Salty Mac and Cheese” on Relish.


Savory and Sweet Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Jocelyn Ruggiero for Relish
  • Yield: 0 Serves 8 1x
  • Category: Main


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups 2% reduced fat milk
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1 pound large pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 pound plus ¼ cup bacon (cooked and crumbled)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in flour and milk. Reduce heat to low, and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes,
  3. stirring frequently. Add Parmesan and cream cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Cook pasta. Pour cheese mixture over pasta and mix well. Stir in honey and ¾ lb bacon.
  5. Pour into a 2½-qt casserole dish, top with ¼ cup bacon and bake 20 minutes.

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