MAC & CHEESE WITH BACON
Recipe & photo: Rachaelraymag.com
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6 ozbacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick strips
1 smallleek, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 Tbspall purpose flour
1/2 cheavy cream
1/2 cgrated aged gouda
1/2 cgrated fontina
1/2 cgrated extra-sharp cheddar
2 Tbspchopped flat-leaf parsley
8 ozelbow macaroni, uncooked
How to Make MAC & CHEESE WITH BACON
- In a large saucepan, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 5 minutes; drain. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. of the drippings. Add the leek and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 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 of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine the cheeses. Stir 1 cup of the cheese mixture, the reserved bacon and the parsley into the sauce.
- Place the uncooked macaroni into an 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Top with the sauce, and stir to coat the pasta. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake in a preheated 350º oven until sauce bubbles and pasta is tender, about 25-30 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.