Smokey Mac & Cheese Pasta Made Easy with Knorr Pasta Sides!

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When it comes to cooking, I am a bit challenged! I need easy recipes that don’t require a whole lot of complicated steps to complete. That’s why I’m in love with Knorr Pasta Sides, available at Giant Eagle. They make it easy to transform a side dish into a complete meal! With tons of recipes on their site and a free downloadable recipe booklet from Giant Eagle, you’re sure to find something the whole family will love!


Smokey Mac & Cheese Pasta Recipe

I was really excited to try out this Smokey Mac & Cheese Pasta recipe from the Knorr website. I’m all about the mac & cheese! It’s one thing I know I can make well! I love this twist on a classic recipe. Check out how to make it!



  • 2 slices thick cut bacon, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion (I like mine REALLY finely chopped)
  • 1 package Knorr® Pasta Sides™ – Chicken flavor
  • 2 cups cut-up cooked rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack or Cheddar cheese. I used a Mexican three-cheese cheddar mix.


  • Cook the bacon in medium saucepan over medium high heat. Make sure to stir occasionally. It’s done when it’s nice and crisp- about 4 minutes.
  • Stir red pepper and onion into the same saucepan and cook. Stir occasionally. When it is somewhat crisp, remove from saucepan and set aside. This should take about three minutes.


  • Prepare Knorr® Pasta Sides™ – Chicken flavor in same saucepan that you used for the above according to package directions. Stir in chicken, cheese, peppers and onion during the last 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley if you want. Otherwise, dish it out and enjoy!


I love how easy this recipe is to make! If you buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, it’s one less thing to worry about. Look, if I can make this easy recipe, anyone can! The bacon and red pepper makes a nice, smoky flavor while the chicken balances perfectly with the cheese. Before this, I never would have thought to put chicken and bacon in my mac & cheese. This recipe was so good, even my picky son loved it.

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7 thoughts on “Smokey Mac & Cheese Pasta Made Easy with Knorr Pasta Sides!”

  1. My kids love this flavour of Knorr Pasta Sides! Great recipe for a quick weeknight supper!

  2. These dishes look amazing!! I always walk past these in the grocery store but I think I’m going to pick one up on the weekend.

  3. I love this idea and am stealing your recipe!! lol Thanks so much, I love anything that makes cooking easier!

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