Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese

This “grown-up” mac ‘n cheese recipe takes this dish to the next level.  The seemingly odd combination of cheeses combines to create something unbelievably good with just the right amount of zing.   

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. pasta (elbows work well)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups milk
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup crumbled mild blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tsp white pepper, or more to taste
  • Ritz crackers, crumbled

HOW TO MAKE IT

  • Melt the butter in a large sauce pan and sprinkle the flour over butter; cook 2-3 minutes over medium heat, whisking until a roux or paste forms
  • Add warm milk and whisk vigorously until dissolved in the roux
  • Cook sauce, stirring frequently, over medium-low heat until thick and bubbly
  • Add cream and all of the cheeses as well as the salt and pepper
  • Cook until cheese are fully melted
  • In a separate pot, cook the pasta
  • In a separate pan, cook the bacon until it’s crispy – transfer to a plate and blot with a paper towel
  • Add the cooked pasta and bacon to the cheese sauce and mix well
  • Pour the cheesy pasta into a large baking dish and top with the crumbled Ritz crackers
  • Bake in the oven at 325°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown


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