Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Grown Up Mac & Cheese Recipe

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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.


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25 Min
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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


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