Ultimate Bacon Mac & Cheese



Ultimate Bacon Mac & Cheese

Ah, the Ultimate Bacon Mac & Cheese – a comfort food classic that brings together the irresistible combination of creamy cheese sauce, smoky bacon, and perfectly cooked macaroni. This dish has been a family favorite for generations, and it’s not hard to see why.

What makes this recipe truly special is the careful selection of ingredients. We use only the finest aged cheddar and Gruyère cheeses to create a velvety, smooth sauce that coats each macaroni noodle in cheesy goodness. The bacon, crisp and savory, adds a delightful crunch and a hint of smokiness that elevates this dish to a whole new level.

Here are the key ingredients you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 8 slices of crispy bacon
  • 1 cup grated aged cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Now, let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions:

Instructions

  1. Start by cooking the macaroni according to the package instructions until it’s al dente. Drain and set it aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk constantly until it forms a smooth paste, about 2 minutes.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk while continuing to whisk. Cook until the mixture thickens and begins to simmer, about 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, then add the grated cheddar and Gruyère cheeses. Stir until the cheeses are fully melted and the sauce is creamy and smooth.
  5. Season the sauce with salt, black pepper, and paprika to taste.
  6. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce, mixing until all the noodles are well coated.
  7. Cook the bacon until it’s crispy, then crumble it into small pieces.
  8. Serve the Ultimate Bacon Mac & Cheese hot, topped with the crispy bacon bits for that perfect finishing touch.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our rich and creamy Ultimate Bacon Mac & Cheese recipe. It’s a crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for family dinners, potlucks, or anytime you crave a cheesy, bacon-infused delight.

Nutrition Information: (Per Serving)
Calories: 580
Total Fat: 35g
Saturated Fat: 18g
Cholesterol: 90mg
Sodium: 850mg
Total Carbohydrates: 38g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 6g
Protein: 26g

Ah, the joy of savoring a spoonful of this delectable dish! Whether you’re serving it at a family gathering or enjoying a cozy night in, our Ultimate Bacon Mac & Cheese is sure to satisfy your cravings. Dive into a bowl of cheesy perfection and experience comfort food at its finest.