Loaded Mac and Cheese is an indulgent dish that's filled with macaroni, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and bacon. Rich and creamy, this stove top mac and cheese is ready in just 30 minutes and makes the perfect comfort food meal.*4 servings as a main dish, or 6 servings as a side dish.
In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente pasta. Drain and set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and whisk to combine, creating a paste. Cook for 1 minute. Add milk and whisk constantly to combine. Continue cooking for about 1-2 minutes, or until mixture thickens slightly.
Reduce heat to low. Add salt, paprika, and pepper. Stir to combine. Add shredded cheese and stir until cheese is melted and fully incorporated. Remove from heat.
Add sour cream and stir to incorporate. Add drained macaroni and bacon pieces (optionally, reserve a small amount for topping) and stir to combine.
Rinse and dice green onions. Plate your macaroni and cheese. Top with green onions and any additional toppings you'd like - reserved bacon pieces, a dollop of sour cream, or more shredded cheddar cheese.
For this recipe you'll get about 4 servings as a main dish, or 6 servings as a side dish. Calories shown are for servings as a main dish with 4 servings.
½ cup of bacon pieces = about 8 slices of cooked bacon
I highly recommend only using freshly shredded cheddar cheese from a block. Pre-shredded bagged cheeses are coated in anti-clumping powders that will cause your sauce to become grainy when melted.