The Most Amazing Four Cheese & Bacon Macaroni & Cheese


mac and cheeseI found this recipe in the October 2010 Family Circle and it is by far the best I have tried. It is so good I refuse to list the nutritional information. I will be making it with gluten free noodles this time around, but I don’t think that will change it one bit!

Ingredients
1 lb cavatappi pasta (Life is short. Use fun noodles)
6 slices bacon, diced
1 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp onion flakes
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 lb shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup shredded colby jack
1 cup shredded mozzarella
8 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American Cheese

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350.  Coat a 3 qt broiler safe baking dish (mine was just glass, not broiler safe) with nonstick cooking spray.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling.

2. Cook pasta 8 minutes in boiling water, then drain. It will be slightly al dente. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Transfer to paper towels.  Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan.  Add butter.

3.  Whisk in flour until smooth.  IN a thin stream, whisk in milk.  Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.  In large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby Jack and mozzarella.

4.  Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 1 1/4 cups of the  cheddar mixture.  Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

5.  In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce.  Pour half into prepared dish.  Sprinkle with 1/2 the bacon/cheese mixture.  Repeat.

6.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Increase oven temp to broil and broil for 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned.  Cool slightly before serving.

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About irishmcsweeney

I'm always up for a craft night or gabbing about The Muppets. I'm a working mother of two amazing girls, so making time is my biggest challenge. And did I mention my advanced talent in sarcasm?
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