crack -n- cheese

★★★★★ 1
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By Angela Pietrantonio
from Woonsocket, RI

One of the best mac-n-cheese recipe's I ever made! Recipe source~ azestybite.com

★★★★★ 1
serves 10
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min

Ingredients For crack -n- cheese

  • FOR THE MAC
  • 8 oz
    elbow macaroni
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 4 qt
    water
  • MIX-INS
  • 8 slice
    bacon
  • 1 lg
    onion, chopped
  • 4
    garlic cloves, chopped
  • CHEESE SAUCE
  • 8 oz
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter
  • 4 Tbsp
    flour
  • 3 c
    milk
  • 2 tsp
    paprika
  • 1 tsp
    pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 4 oz
    shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp
    paprika
  • 1/4 c
    bread crumbs

How To Make crack -n- cheese

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400*. In large saucepan, bring water to boil. Boil elbow's for 6 minutes; drain, set aside. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp (I use the oven method, 20 minutes). Drain and reserve 2 tbsp. fat. Chop bacon into bite size pieces. Pour reserved bacon drippings into saucepan and cook until onions are browned but still crunchy, they will soften while baking. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and place onion mixture aside.
  • 2
    Cheese Sauce: In same large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes. Slowly combine milk, whisking to keep sauce from getting lumps. Cook for 5 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in cream cheese and whisk thoroughly. Stir in shredded cheddar cheese and seasonings. Remove from heat.
  • 3
    Stir elbow's, onion mixture and bacon into cheese mixture. Pour mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar, paprika and bread crumbs. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is browned. 10 points per serving

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