Sunday, September 12, 2010

Four Cheese and Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese

As if mac 'n' cheese wasn't already delicious on it's own, let's add some bacon. Everything truly is better with bacon. I found this recipe in Family Circle magazine, it was actually the photo on the cover and Scott about lost it when he saw it. I made it that night, as a side dish, which was a mistake. This makes 12 servings, so we had leftovers all week.

Here's what you need:
  • 1 box (1lb) cavatappi or macaroni
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 8 slices American Cheese

Here's what to do:
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Coat a 3 quart broiler safe baking dish with nonstick spray
  • Cook your pasta and drain
  • Cook bacon in a medium saucepan until crisp
  • Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain
  • Pour off all drippings except 2 tablespoons
  • Add butter to bacon drippings
  • Whisk in flour until smooth
  • In a thin stream whisk in milk
  • Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes
  • In a large bowl toss together cheddar, colby jack, mozzarella
  • Remove milk mixture from heat, whisk in American cheese and 1 1/4 cup of cheese mixture
  • Toss bacon in with remaining cheese mixture
  • In pasta pot combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce
  • Pour half into prepared dish
  • Sprinkle with a generous cup of cheese and bacon mixture
  • Repeat layering
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
  • Increase oven temp to broil and broil 3 minutes until top is lightly browned.
This truly is super yummy, not the healthiest, but good every once in a while!

1 comment:

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

That sounds incredible! I usually try to leave magazines and cookbooks face down at our hubby is always drooling over what's on the cover, and hounding me to make it for him. :)

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