Make a comfort food favorite with this recipe for Baked Bacon Mac and Cheese. You'll love the crunchy top and of course the bacon!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place bacon in an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and bake until crisp. Remove bacon from sheet and let cool on a paper towel lined plate. Crumble into chunks.
Cook pasta per package instructions until al dente. Set aside.
In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir together until fully incorporated. Cook roux until flour is cooked through and it has a slight nutty aroma.
Slowly add milk to roux mixture, whisking together so that it is smooth and fully blended together. Add is half and half.
Add in seasonings and salt and pepper to taste.
Whisk in cheese and stir until fully incorporated. Let simmer for several minutes until sauce thickens.
Add pasta to the sauce mixture and adjust seasoning as desired. Stir in crumbled bacon. Transfer mixture to a baking dish.
Adjust oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Melt butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top macaroni with bread crumbs and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve. Enjoy!