creamy mac and cheese in a white bowl
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Creamy Mac & Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 594kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp bacon grease or butter
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2-3 small sweet red pepper (about 1/4 cup) sliced into thin strips (or a red bell pepper)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 3 oz dried figs sliced
  • 8 ounces Penne Pasta
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 oz Gouda Smoked
  • 4 oz cheddar sharp white
  • 1.5 oz Asiago

For the Topping

  • 1.5 oz Parmesan
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 3 strips Applewood Bacon thick cut, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup half and half

Instructions

  • Cook the bacon in the Ninja Foodi AC on high rack @ 360° F for 12-14 minutes, flipping once or twice. Cool on paper towels and crumble. Leave the bacon grease in the Ninja Foodi. If you are omitting the bacon, substitute with 2 Tbsp of butter. 
  • Dice the onion and cut the sweet red pepper or bell pepper into thin strips about 1" long and 1/8th inch thick. 
  • Turn the Ninja Foodi on high saute and reheat the bacon grease or the butter. Add onions, pepper slices, and salt. Saute for 1 minute and add flour. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the inner pot and reserve for later. 
  • Deglaze the pot with 1 cup of chicken stock, make sure to scrape the bottom to ensure nothing has stuck. Add the wine. 
  • Add the Penne Pasta and the sliced figs. Put the pressure cooker lid on and set the valve to seal. Set the pressure to high for 3 minutes. When time is up, allow to natural release for 2 minutes and then manually release the remaining pressure. 
  • While the Pasta is pressure cooking, grate the cheeses. 
  • Remove the lid and add in the vegetable/bacon grease/flour mixture and 1/2 cup of half and half. Stir and add in cream cheese, Asiago, smoked Gouda, and cheddar cheese. 
  • Combine the panko, Parmesan cheese and crumbled bacon. Spread on top of mac & cheese. Close the TenderCrisp lid and AC on 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until the top has browned nicely. Serve and Enjoy! 

Nutrition

Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 871mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1325IU | Vitamin C: 32.5mg | Calcium: 457mg | Iron: 2mg