Breakfast Mac & Cheese

Breakfast Macaroni and Cheese

Breakfast Mac & Cheese is a delicious mashup of cheesy macaroni and your morning bacon and eggs…but don’t save it just for breakfast, it makes an epic ‘brinner’!

Breakfast mac and cheese pin

This yummy breakfast mac and cheese is a melange of cheesy pasta and crisp bacon, anchored in the center by a barely set egg.

This is one of those dishes where looking at it through the lens just wasn’t cutting it for me, I needed to dig right in. No time for setting a scene or arranging backdrops and accessories, I left it right there on the oven tray. Heck, I barely got the thing in focus. It’s the stuff foodie dreams are made of, and the stars don’t align like this every day, so I know you’ll excuse me from my artistic duties just this once…and really it’s a win win situation, I get to eat, and you get  the recipe for an indulgent variation on mac & cheese. And then you’ll get to eat. I think that’s fair.

Thick Cut Bacon

This dish starts with a good amount of thick cut bacon.

The EASIEST way to cook bacon

The easiest and neatest way to cook bacon is on a baking sheet in the oven. 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Lay the bacon out in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook it until it’s just the way you like it.
  • For this recipe you want to get it crisp enough to crumble. Oh, and save some of the grease, that’s the secret ingredient.

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I just got back from a family wedding in Erie, PA, and we discovered this at a local bar one night. Erie’s on the cusp of the great Midwest, and a lot of the food we ate had that wonderful  hearty comfort vibe. We didn’t have a ton of fresh veggies, but we ate well. Tim Horton’s pumpkin doughnuts and coffee in the morning on the deck of our Airbnb  (omg I love Airbnb, our lakefront house was so much less than the hotel the rest of the family was stuck staying in!) ) and this kind of late night  ‘snack’ bracketed all the normal wedding food. I’m still working it off, but it was worth it.

Breakfast Macaroni and Cheese

I know you’re going to love this mac & cheese, that’s not a question, but I do wonder whether you’ll want to eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or maybe a romantic midnight feast. As you know I ate mine the minute it came out of the oven, no idea what time it was.

Breakfast Style Mac & Cheese

A big YUM 🙂

Breakfast Macaroni and Cheese
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4 from 11 votes

Breakfast Mac & Cheese

Breakfast Mac & Cheese is a delicious mashup of cheesy macaroni and your morning bacon and eggs...it makes an epic dinner or 'brinner"!
Course Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • about 16 slices thick cut bacon cooked and crumbled, reserve 3-4 Tbsp of the fat
  • 2 cups dry elbow pasta
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 medium or large eggs at room temperature
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • Set oven to 375F
  • Cook the pasta in lots of well salted water just to the al dente stage. Drain and toss with the reserved bacon fat.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for about a minute, and then slowly pour in the milk, stirring or whisking constantly to combine all the flour into the milk. Continue heating and stirring until the mixture thickens, this will happen just as the milk is getting to the boiling point.
  • Take the pan off the heat and add the cheese, a little at a time, stirring to melt.
  • Add the cooked pasta and half the bacon crumbles to the sauce, tossing to combine well. Divide the mixture between 4 oven safe bowls.
  • Make an indentation in the center of each bowl with the back of a large spoon for the egg. Crack an egg into each . Put the bowls on a baking sheet and bake until the eggs are just set, about 20 minutes or so, depending on how you like our egg done. Turn up the heat to 400F if your egg is slow to set.
  • Grind some fresh black pepper over each bowl, and scatter the rest of the crumbled bacon around the egg just before serving.
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  • Reply
    Glen
    April 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for the family for dinner last night and there wasn’t a speck left! Thank you Sue for making this difficult period so much tastier for us!

  • Reply
    Janie
    February 21, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Looks delicious but confused. Recipe calls for 4 bowls and an egg in each but then it makes 2 large portions so instead of 4 I’m using 2 larger bowls with 8 pieces of bacon per bowl and one egg in each? I know this is silly question -maybe it’s the amount of bacon used that’s throwing me off – 16 slices? Anyway, making it ASAP!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 21, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      I just clarified that Janie, it feeds 4, or 2 super hungry folks 🙂

  • Reply
    Cyndy Best
    September 19, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I would like to make this in 2 large 9×13 casseroles to feed 20 people. Any ideas on amounts of ingredients?

    Thank you!
    CB

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 20, 2015 at 7:30 am

      I think i would double the mac and cheese recipe for one 9×13 pan, Cyndy. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Christina
    November 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    What a brilliant idea! And you know that calorie laden breakfasts actually help in losing weight as it’s the best time of day to eat all those calories?

  • Reply
    savvy
    October 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Leftover mac and cheese was always favorite breakfast..so why not just plan to START the day right??? Looks wonderful-thanks!

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