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Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese

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Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese – after 2 recipes involving zucchini that I just posted, you knew that zucchini mac and cheese was coming!

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I think the photos speak for themselves – this dish is REALLY GOOD! And really easy to make!

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I’ve used gluten-free elbow pasta for this recipe (Tinkyada brand), but, of course, you can use regular elbow pasta, too.

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Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 regular size zucchinis, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 oz elbow pasta (for gluten free version, use Tinkyada brown rice elbow pasta)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 12 bacon slices, chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add sliced zucchini and minced garlic and saute for about 5-7 minutes, occasionally stirring, until zucchini softens and browns a bit, uncovered. Midway through cooking, season with salt.
  2. Cook elbow pasta al dente, then rinse with cold water to stop cooking. This is done because you will continue cooking the pasta once you add in cream sauce - and at that point pasta will reach the ideal texture.
  3. Return elbow pasta to the pot. Add half and half, bring to boil. Immediately add Cheddar cheese and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Reduce to simmer. Cook for several minutes, constantly stirring until cheese melts and coats the pasta.
  4. Add chopped bacon (reserving some for garnish) and cooked zucchini from step 1, mix, heat through, turn off heat, and serve, sprinkling each serving with reserved chopped bacon!



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  • Matt @ Runner Savvy September 18, 2014, 8:11 pm


    • Julia September 25, 2014, 2:56 pm


  • Shashi @ runninsrilankan September 19, 2014, 1:10 pm

    Your photos do speak for themselves – all that bacon …mmm mmm mmm!

    • Julia September 25, 2014, 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Shashi! 🙂

  • Kevin | keviniscooking September 23, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Agree with Shashi, beautiful photos! This has me thinking of bacon and the warm comfort of mac and cheese for dinner.

    • Julia September 25, 2014, 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Kevin! Love mac and cheese sometimes, especially simple recipe like this one.

  • Shelly September 24, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Absolutely delicious! Thanks for a wonderful recipe! We used turkey bacon and fat free half and half yet it was still yummy! Even my kids who only like the processed boxed mac and cheese thought this was sooo good! Yipee!

    • Julia September 25, 2014, 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Shelly! I also thought this was such a delicious and simple meal! Great way to use those zucchini right now! I bet turkey bacon was so good!

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