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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Four Cheese Macaroni with Bacon...

51 degrees - 9:34 am - overcast and cloudy...

Last night my sister and I made homemade mac & cheese for our group family dinner.  But instead of the standard mac & cheese we made Four Cheese Macaroni with Bacon.  This is a great twist on the classic comfort food and will have everyone fighting over the serving spoon.

So as requested here is the recipe…

~ Four Cheese Macaroni with Bacon ~

1 box (1 lb) Cavatappi
10 slices Bacon, cooked, drained, diced
1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
2 cup Milk
½ tsp Onion Flakes
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
½ lb Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
8 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 3-quart broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil.

Cook cavatappi 8 minutes in boiling water, then drain.  Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crips, 6 minutes.  Transfer to paper towel covered plate.  Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan.  Add butter.

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.

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.

In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce.  Pour half into prepared dish.  Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture.  Repeat layering.

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

--- Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!



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