Bacon, Basil, Tomato Mac and Cheese

When people find out that I am a food blogger, they often ask, “Have you always loved to cook?” or “Where did you learn how to cook?”

Here’s the deal- No, I haven’t always loved to cook. And that’s mostly because I never knew how. Shocking.

Another shocker- I got married when I was 19. I was thrown into the world of, “Hey honey, what’s for dinner?” and after I realized he was talking to me, I was wondering the same thing…

I started learning the basics- like Mac and Cheese. I taught myself to cook, and once I grew comfortable adapting simple things like macaroni and cheese, the world was my oyster.


Bacon, Basil, and Roasted Tomato Mac and Cheese

I know it’s nothing fancy, and yes this is a box of macaroni and cheese, but I’m not out to change the world – just to simplify it.

You don’t have to be a Julia Child knock off to enjoy good food.

Ok, off my soap box.

This Bacon, Basil, Tomato Mac and Cheese is delicious.

If you’re like me, you might have a loads of tomatoes from your garden and looking for ways to use them up. We planted 4 cherry tomato plants this year, and that was 3 too many. I’m up to my eyeballs in tomatoes.

Bacon, Basil, and Roasted Tomato Mac and Cheese

I grabbed some diced pancetta (italian style bacon, regular bacon will work too), and cooked it up in my skillet. Then I halved my tomatoes and threw them in the hot bacon grease for a minute or two. They blistered and absorbed the delicious flavor. Seriously good stuff right there.

I sliced up some fresh basil from my garden. who am I? #icantbelieveihaveagardenthatactuallyproduces

Bacon, Basil, and Roasted Tomato Mac and Cheese

I threw it all on top of some white cheddar mac and cheese (also made it with original) and it was delicious. Fresh and tasty, savory and a tad sweet from the tomato.

Trust me, this is one you’ll want to dig in to.

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Bacon, Basil, Tomato Mac and Cheese

Bacon, Basil, and Tomato Mac and Cheese is fresh and tasty, savory and a tad sweet from the tomato.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • Mac and Cheese, prepared according to package instructions
  • 1 cup Pancetta, (diced thick cut bacon will work too)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 basil leaves, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • black pepper


  • While your macaroni and cheese is cooking, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the pancetta or bacon and cook until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove from skillet and transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the tomatoes to the bacon grease. Let them blister a bit, but try not to stir too much, cause you might make them too squished. Once they are slightly charred and blistered, remove them from the skillet.
  • Place the pancetta, tomatoes, and basil on top of the prepared mac and cheese, sprinkle with a little bit of cracked black pepper. Enjoy.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Bacon, Macaroni and cheese, pancetta, tomatoes
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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
11 Responses
  1. JENN

    Is it really over a decade into the 21st century and y’all are talking about your husband’s expectation for you to “put normal people food on the table?” As a wife, mother, and full time working professional, that comment made me cringe. You should expect more from yourself and most definitely your husband.

  2. Connie

    Funny, same thing happened to me. My husband told my Mom he sure would be glad when I learned how to cook. We ate straight out of the can for a year. Finally figured out how to turn the oven on. Then how to read a recipe and now they are just guide lines.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Shawn

      Awesome Connie! I love how our husbands were skeptical of our skills in the beginning. Now they are living in hog heaven, am I right?! 😉

  3. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    I liked hearing your story of how you learned to cook 🙂 I started out the same way..I never learned or cared to learn until I got married and my husband obviously expected normal people dinners on the table often 🙂 I loved your mac n cheese recipes this week!!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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