Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. You’ve probably had it prepared a few different ways, but the basic concept of noodles with a creamy cheese sauce has been loved for decades. You can opt for the boxed pasta when you’re in a hurry or your kids are requesting their favorite but taking a little bit of extra time to make your own mac and cheese will make your stomach happy. Not to mention, this recipe sneaks in bacon for an extra special surprise.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Butter a glass baking dish and set aside.
Pasta: Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water. When it is al dente, drain it well and set aside.
Bacon: Dice the bacon into very small pieces. Sauté in a skillet on medium heat. Remove from the pan and let drain once it is cooked.
Butter: Melt the butter in a small pan on low heat.
Flour: Add the flour into the melted butter. Whisk it in to form a paste.
Milk: Add the milk slowly, whisking as you go along. Bring the mixture to a low simmer.
Salt and pepper: Season the mixture with plenty of salt and pepper.
Cheeses: Add the cheeses into the warm mixture. Add the bacon in as well.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Let everything warm through. Pour the mixture over the pasta in the glass baking dish. Mix thoroughly. You can top with some extra cheese, or some crushed crackers provides a crunchy topping.
* Optional: Add ham chunks for a heartier meal.
When you pull the mac and cheese out of the oven, let it sit for a few minutes. This allows you to cut out a firm slice, rather than having the mac and cheese ooze all over the plate. Feel free to double the recipe to make extra. It reheats well in the oven, in a pan with a little bit of butter or in the microwave.
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