Grown Up Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Grown Up Mac & Cheese

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


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.

About this Recipe

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