Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Grown Up Mac & Cheese

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Patrick Johnson


One of my sons has proven that a human being can actually grow and prosper on mac & cheese alone, well almost. It is a good thing he is very active.

This recipe takes the ol' classic and refines it for the more cultured palate. However, just like when you were a kid, you will swear you could bathe in this stuff.


★★★★★ 1 vote

25 Min
40 Min


  • 4 oz
    thick sliced bacon
  • ·
    vegetable oil
  • ·
    kosher salt
  • 2 c
    elbow macaroni or cavatappi
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz
    gruyere cheese, grated
  • 3 oz
    extra-sharp cheddar, grated
  • 2 oz
    roquefort cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp
    black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 pinch
  • 2 slice
    white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh basil leaves, chopped

How to Make Grown Up Mac & Cheese


  1. Cook bacon until crisp.
  2. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to package directions.
  3. Heat milk in a small saucepan, but do not let it boil.
  4. Melt the butter in a medium pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for about 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk.
  5. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for another 2 minutes until thickened and smooth.
  6. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, cheddar, Roquefort, 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  7. Add cooked macaroni and crumbled bacon and stir well.
  8. Pour into oven save dish.
  9. Place bread slices in food processor and pulse until you have course crumbs. Add basil and pulse to combine.
  10. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the top of the pasta and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaronie is browned on top.

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About Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #mac cheese

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