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Mac and Cheese Soup with Chicken and Bacon

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Servings: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon, cooked to crispy then crumbled
  • 2 cups dried uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Cook the macaroni in salted water according to the package directions, drain well and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add the half and half and broth, whisking constantly. Stir in the cheddar cheese soup, ground mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Once thickened, whisk in the cheddar cheese and stir until completely melted. Add in the cooked chicken, chopped bacon, and cooked macaroni. Stir until combined and cook until heated through. Feel free to add more broth, half and half, or even some leftover pasta water if the soup gets too thick. Serve immediately.