Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon and Leeks

Ellen Bales

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@Starwriter

Found this decadent recipe in a Rachael Ray magazine. It sounds SO good, even without the bacon, because it contains three different kinds of cheese!
Photo:rachaelraymag.com

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Serves:
6
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

6 oz
bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips
1 small
leek, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 Tbsp
butter
2 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1 tsp
salt
1 c
milk
1/2 c
heavy cream
1/2 c
grated aged gouda
1/2 c
grated fontina
1/2 c
grated extra-sharp cheddar
2 Tbsp
chopped flat-leaf parsley
8 oz
elbow macaroni, uncooked

Step-By-Step

1Cook the bacon in a large pan over medium heat, until crisp; drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. of the bacon grease. Add the leek and cook, stirring often, until tender.
2Add the butter, stir to melt. Add the flour and 1 tsp. salt. Season with pepper and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk, cream, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Combine the three cheeses in a large bowl. Stir one cup of the cheese mixture into the sauce, along with the bacon and the parsley.
3Place uncooked macaroni into an 8x8" caserole dish. Top with the sauce and stir to coat pasta. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until sauce begins to bubble and pasta is tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American