Bacon Crusted Mac and Cheese

Bacon Crusted Mac and Cheese ~ this easy 30 minute meal is pretty much the dictionary definition of comfort food!

Don’t pretend you don’t love bacon.  Don’t even start with me,  I’m not buying it.  Maybe you wish it weren’t so, but I don’t believe for a minute that you don’t love bacon.

I was a vegetarian for a while in college, and the thing that tripped me up was bacon.  I don’t even think of it as a meat.   I mean, it’s closer to kettle chips or caramel corn than it is to a chicken breast.  You have to admit, it’s in a category all its own.

This is my classic macaroni and cheese.  It’s the base for any elaborations I do over the years. It’s good, it’s honest, it’s straightforward and easy to make.  If you can remember the number 2, you can make this, because everything comes in handy denominations of 2.

Just keep in mind, your macaroni and cheese is only as good as your macaroni and your cheese.  I used Italian whole wheat elbows, and extra sharp aged cheddar.

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Bacon Crusted Mac and Cheese

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: dinner, pasta

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 4

Bacon Crusted Mac and Cheese ~ this easy 30 minute meal is pretty much the dictionary definition of comfort food!

Ingredients

  • one 12 oz package of bacon
  • 2 cups whole grain elbow pasta
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 8 oz)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook the bacon until crisp according to your preferred method.  I do it in on a baking tray in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes, turning once during the cooking.  No spatters, no standing over a spattering pan.
  3. Drain and cool the bacon, then crumble it up and set aside.  I know you will snack on this, so I've built in a few extra pieces of bacon to account for it.
  4. While the bacon is cooking, make the mac and cheese. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water.  Cook it until just barely al dente.  Drain and set aside.
  5. In a large saucepan melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour.  Stir with a whisk or silicone spatula for a minute until smooth.  This 'roux' will thicken your macaroni sauce.
  6. Whisk in the milk and heat until the mixture thickens, whisking almost constantly.  This will happen as the milk gets close to a simmer.
  7. Take the pan off the heat, and add in the cheese.  Stir until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
  8. Mix the macaroni into the cheese sauce and stir to combine well. Season to taste with salt and plenty of fresh black pepper.
  9. Spoon the macaroni into a baking dish, or individual dishes like I've done.
  10. First bake the mac and cheese without the bacon for about 15 minutes.Then top it with lots of crumbly bacon, and put it back in the oven for another 5 or 10 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Bacon Crusted Mac and Cheese, this easy 30 minute meal is the perfect comfort food! #recipe #homemade #bacon #macaroni #comfortfood #dinner #kids #pasta #easy
Bacon Crusted Mac and Cheese, this easy 30 minute meal is the perfect comfort food! #recipe #homemade #bacon #macaroni #comfortfood #dinner #kids #pasta #easy

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    Margie MacKenzie
    September 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I make a killer mac n cheese and never thought of adding bacon. I thank you and I’m sure some of my clients will thank you!!

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    Karen Harris
    May 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Oh yum! This is my idea of the perfect meal.

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    Miss Annya
    November 30, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I just made this! Soooooo delicious! thanks :)

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    Sarah Packwood
    October 26, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is definitely going to be my after work Monday dinner this week )and I think I’ll keep the recipe pinned incase of comfort food emergencies.

    Thanks for all your amazing recipes Sue
    x

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    Lindsay
    October 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    How many does this recipe serve? Thank you looks delicious!

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    [colleen]
    October 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I saw this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and made it for dinner last night. It was a smashing success! Thanks for sharing! It was delicious, easy and will definitely become the new go-to mac and cheese recipe for us!

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