Fancy Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Fancy Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

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If you're a real bacon lover, use nine slices and, for an even cheesier dish, double the amount of cheese. Everyone will love how flavorful this mac and cheese is, if you want to share, that is!

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Time needed

55 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • butter, for greasing
  • 8 oz. macaroni
  • 2 1/2 C. cold milk
  • 4 oz. provolone cheese, coarsely grated
  • 4 oz. aged Asiago cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 3 slices white bread, torn
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • sea salt

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Directions

Heat the oven to 375 degrees and butter a shallow casserole dish. Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain and put the pasta into the casserole dish. Add 1/4 C. cold milk.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together the cheeses. In another bowl, beat the eggs and 1/4 C. milk. Add the bread, scallions, and half the cheese to the egg mixture and set aside.

Cook the bacon until crispy, then drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 Tbs. bacon drippings and add the onions and garlic. Saute for 4 minutes, until they are just brown. Stir in the flour, cayenne pepper, and 1 tsp. salt. Cook fro 2 minutes. Slowly add in the remaining milk and 3/4 C. water. Bring to a boil and whisk until thick. Remove the sauce from heat and whisk to cool slightly. Whisk in the remaining cheese and then pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Stir to combine.

Crumble the bacon and add it to the egg and bread mixture. Spread the mixture over the pasta and put the casserole dish on a baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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