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Baked Bacon Mac and Cheese

Baked Bacon Mac and Cheese

Michelle Boulé
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!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 1075 kcal

Equipment

  • Wooden Spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Baking Dish

Ingredients
 
 

  • 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
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Ground Mustard
  • 2 Cups Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Jack
  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp Butter

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Nutrition

Calories: 1075kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 36gFat: 68gSaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 924mgPotassium: 524mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1803IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 603mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Baked Bacon Mac and Cheese
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