Atlanta Mac and Cheese

Atlanta Mac And Cheese Recipe

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A recipe from Hugh Acheson of the Empire State South restaurant in Atlanta. A Canadian that moved south. So maybe this is Canadian Southern Mac and Cheese! Posted as a side, but could also be a main dish.

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20 Min
1 Hr 15 Min


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1/4 lb
thick bacon slices, diced
2 medium
leeks, cut into 1/2 inch rounds (about 1 cup)
1/3 pkg
uncooked cavatappi pasta (16 ounce pkg)
1 1/2 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1 1/2 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
1 c
milk, warmed
1/2 tsp
dry mustard
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
1 pinch
ground red pepper
1 c
aged cheddar cheese, freshly grated, divided
egg yolk
1/2 c
gruyere cheese, freshly grated
2 Tbsp
heavy cream
1/4 c
soft, fresh breadcrumbs, toaasted

How to Make Atlanta Mac and Cheese


  • 1Preheat oven to 375°. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels. Discard drippings.
  • 2Cook leeks in 4 quarts of boiling water in a large Dutch oven for 5 minutes. Remove leeks with a slotted spoon, reserving boiling water in the Dutch oven. Plunge leeks into ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain.
  • 3Add pasta to the boiling water; and cook 1 minutes or until al dente. Drain.
  • 4Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and whisk in flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly 2 minutes or until golden brown. Slowly whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly for 3 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in dry mustard, next 3 ingredients and 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from heat. Season with salt to taste.
  • 5Gently stir together pasta, cheese sauce, half each of cooked bacon and leeks, and egg yolk. Stir in Gruyere cheese and the remaining Cheddar cheese. Spoon pasta mixture into a buttered 8 inch cast iron skillet, and sprinkle with remaining bacon and leeks. Drizzle with cream; sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  • 6Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

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About Atlanta Mac and Cheese

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Southern
Dietary Needs: Diabetic

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