Bacon Mac and Cheese
Make Mac and Cheese fun with a twist on a classic with this Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe. You'll love this and make it time and time again!
- 1 Pound Dried Pasta Elbows, shells or Cavatappi preferred
- ½ Pound Bacon
- ½ Cup Butter
- ½ Cup Flour
- 1 ½ Cups Milk
- 2 Cups Half and Half
- 1 Tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp Ground Mustard
- 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar
- 1 Cup Cheddar Jack
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. Serve and enjoy!
Calories: 908kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 30gFat: 56gSaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 684mgPotassium: 486mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1435IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 448mgIron: 2.1mg