Spike’s Heart-Burn Free Mac n Cheese

Spike has Acid Reflux Disease.  Nearly 19 million Americans have acid reflux disease (ARD), also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is characterized by persistent heartburn that occurs two or more days a week despite treatment and diet changes.

Spike’s Heart-Burn Free Mac N Cheese:


1 pound elbow macaroni (whole wheat preferred)

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 tablespoons EVOO

1 cup Cheddar Cheese Sauce (below)

10 slices Turkey Bacon

2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup minced parsley

1 tablespoon minced thyme

1 tablespoon minced rosemary

1 teaspoon minced sage

Cheddar Cheese Sauce:

2 cups 1% or skim milk

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup grated reduced -fat sharp cheddar cheese

Directions for Cheese Sauce:

Heat the milk in a large saucepan over medium heat until you see bubbles forming on top. Meanwhile, melt butter in another saucepan and stir in the flour to make a roux. Add warm milk, whisking constantly, and continue cooking until the mixture thickens, about 5 min. Add the cheese, whisking constantly to combine. Strain through a sieve to remove any lumps before serving.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 3-quart ovenproof baking dish with butter, and set aside. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the macaroni and salt, reduce to medium heat, and stir to prevent sticking. Cook for 7 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and toss with the oil. Heat the cheese sauce in saucepan over medium heat.

In a skillet, cook the turkey bacon over medium heat until crisp. Line a metal tray with paper towels. Drain the bacon. Chop the bacon into bits.

In a bowl, combine the bacon, Parmesan, 1 cup of breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, rosemary and sage.  In another bowl, toss together the macaroni and heated cheese sauce, mixing well. Stir macaroni-cheese mixture into the breadcrumbs mixture. Spread evenly into the prepped baking dish, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs. Place baking dish on top of a baking pan to catch spills if the cheese bubbles over. Bake for 40 minutes, or until crispy and brown on top.

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