Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese

Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese made with elbow pasta, half and half, Cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Comfort food. Great Summer pasta recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 642 kcal
Author Julia


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 zucchinis , regular size, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 12 oz elbow pasta (for gluten free version, use gluten free brown rice elbow pasta)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese , shredded
  • 12 strips bacon , 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 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!
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Bacon Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 642 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 700mg30%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 610IU12%
Vitamin C 12.5mg15%
Calcium 403mg40%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.