Bacon Crusted Mac 'n Cheese

Diane C.

By
@thymeandmarjoram

I was joking with my husband that I wanted to jack up my mac 'n cheese. He said "With bacon?" I said "Sure." So I did. Because, you know, everything is better with bacon, right?


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Serves:

8

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

1 Hr

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2 c
elbow macaroni
4 Tbsp
butter (can use margarine), divided into 2 x 2 tbs
2 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1/2 c
cheddar cheese (sliced, shredded, or cubed)
1/2 c
monterey jack cheese (sliced, shredded or cubed)
1 slice
velveeta - one inch thick, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces.
1&1/2 c
milk
1/4 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
cracked black pepper

TOPPING

2 Tbsp
butter (can use margarine)
1/2 c
bacon, cooked and crumbled, (i used ready-made crumbles)
12
butter flavor crackers (i used ritz)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Fill a 3 qt. saucepan 2/3 full of water. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Salt the water if you wish. Add the elbow macaroni. Don't cook the pasta for the full amount of time. Reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes. When done, drain and set aside.
2
In a medium saucepan, melt 2 T butter over medium heat.
Stir in the flour, whisking together to make a roux. It should look like creamy peanut butter. Cook for 1-2 minutes, just to remove the floury taste. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking to incorporate.
3
Add the cheeses, whisking to blend together. Add salt and pepper, stirring constantly, as the cheeses melt and the sauce thickens.
4
Spray a 2 qt. casserole with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cooked pasta into the casserole. Top it with the sauce. Stir to coat the pasta.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
5
Bake the mac 'n cheese for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the topping.
Topping:
Crush the crackers. Crumble the cooked bacon. Melt the remaining 2 T of butter. Mix the crackers and bacon in a small bowl. Pour the melted butter over them and stir to coat. Sprinkle the topping over the mac n cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, til heated through.
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Notes:
If you don't use a cooking spray, you can just lightly oil the casserole dish. It helps with the cleanup.
I do salt my pasta water before I cook the pasta.
I used 4 slices (3 inch x 3 inch) of the cheddar and Monterey jack (I diced them) to equal a 1/2 cup.
You can bake the topping for the full hour if you prefer a crunchy topping. I wanted a softer crumb topping so I baked it for 30 minutes.

About this Recipe

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