First off, who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese? And secondly, my sister REALLY loves mac and cheese, so this is an homage to her baked pasta loving tendencies. I love the straightforward, simple version, but every now and then I get the itch to liven it up a bit. This is a very simple way to do that: through in a little bacon and some peas, and BOOM, instant elevation. The bacon and peas have that lovely salty/sweet combination, with peas bringing a little bit of freshness to this decadent dish.