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Better with Bacon – Dressed Up Bacon Mac and Cheese

SHOUT OUT to Amy (a peep in Peoria) for sending me this recipe last week.

We’ve featured similar recipes before but I’m such a sucker for homemade mac and cheese and this just looks so good.

 

Hit the jump for the full recipe…

Dressed Up Bacon Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter, for greasing
  • 8 ounces macaroni
  • 2 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 4 ounces provolone cheese coarsely grated
  • 4 ounces aged Asiago cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 3 slices white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart shallow casserole dish. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain; transfer the pasta to the prepared casserole dish along with 1/4 cup of the cold milk. (This will cool the pasta and prevent it from becoming gummy.)
  2. Meanwhile, mix the cheeses together in a small bowl. Beat the eggs with 1/4 cup of the milk in a medium bowl. Add the scallions, bread and half of the cheese to the egg mixture; set aside.
  3. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings from the pan. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until just brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the flour, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the remaining 1 3/4 cups milk and 3/4 cup water to the skillet. Bring to a boil, whisking until thick. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk to cool slightly. Whisk in the remaining cheese. Add the sauce to the macaroni; stir to combine.
  4. Crumble up the bacon and add it to the egg/bread mixture. Spread evenly over the pasta. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven; let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Photograph by Tina Rupp, Recipe via Food Network