Mac and Cheese for Grown Ups

Mac And Cheese For Grown Ups

No Photo

Have you made this?

 Share your own photo!

Courtney Teasley


I love this recipe! I found it on the food network and tweaked it a little for my personal taste. The original recipe has 1/2 a cup of blue cheese in it and when I made it with the blue cheese it was a little too strong for me, so I omit the blue cheese and add more white cheddar. If you're a blue cheese lover and want to try it with the blue cheese, scale back the white cheddar to 3/4 cup and add 1/2 cup of blue cheese. Every time I make this mac and cheese I get compliments. It is so good. It's a long process but the end result is so worth it. Enjoy everyone!


★★★★★ 1 vote

40 Min
1 Hr


  • 16 oz
    package macaroni or penne noodles
  • 1/4 lb
    bacon, diced
  • 1 medium
    onion, diced
  • 5 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted, plus more to butter baking dish
  • 6 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
    dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 c
    milk, whole
  • 2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 sprig(s)
    fresh thyme
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    fontina cheese, grated
  • 3/4 c
    gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 c
    white chedder cheese, grated
  • 3/4 c
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 Tbsp
    italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    panko bread crumbs

How to Make Mac and Cheese for Grown Ups


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a pinch of salt. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.
  3. In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, saute the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon and reserve. Saute the onion in the bacon drippings until soft. Add the 5 tablespoons of butter to the onion mixture and melt the butter stirring with a wooden spoon.
  4. Using a wire whisk, add the flour, and stir constantly until well mixed, making a roux. Whisk in the mustard. Gradually add the milk and cream whisking constantly.
  5. Add the thyme, bay leaf, and salt. Let come to a simmer and stir frequently for 15 mins.
  6. Strain the hot milk mixture into a metal bowl and discard the solids. Working quickly mix in 1 cup fontina, 1/2 cup gruyere, 1 cup white cheddar, 1/2 cup parmesan, the reserved bacon, and parsley. Continue stirring until all cheese is melted.
  7. Add the cooked noodles to the cheese mixture to coat. Add the noodle mixture to the prepared baking dish. Mix the remaining cheese and bread crumbs together and sprinkle on top of the noodles. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven when done and rest for 5 minutes.

Printable Recipe Card

About Mac and Cheese for Grown Ups

Course/Dish: Pasta Side Casseroles
Hashtags: #cheese #and #mac

Show 2 Comments & Reviews

32 Bacon Recipes You Need in Your Life

32 Bacon Recipes You Need in Your Life

How do you make a recipe better? You add bacon, duh. Salty, bacony goodness, we absolutely love the flavor kick bacon gives a recipe. From vegetables to soups to breakfast casseroles to macaroni and cheese, bacon is a delicious addition to any recipe. Check out these 32 bacon recipes to get your taste buds drooling!

Vegetarian Dinner Ideas for Meatless Monday

Vegetarian Dinner Ideas for Meatless Monday

Bored of eating the same old, same old? Looking to make a change to your menu? One of the easiest ways to do it is to have Meatless Monday. It’s a great way to try vegetarian recipes not normally in the weekly rotation. Trust us, your family won’t be sacrificing anything. Mondays won’t be a […]

Casseroles Recipes for Those Nights You Don’t Want to Cook

Casseroles Recipes for Those Nights You Don’t Want to Cook

I love to take the time and prepare a fancy meal for my family. Then there are those nights I just don’t want to cook but also don’t feel like take-out. That’s when I plan to make a casserole. Nothing is easier when you want a hearty meal without a lot of work. “Redneck Mac […]