Smoky Bacon Macaroni and Cheese in a bowl
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Smoky Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 People

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 12 oz Bacon
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1 cup Mozzarella
  • 2 cup Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup Smoked Gouda (Sold at Costco)

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
    Macaroni being cooked in a pot over the stove top
  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Lay out each slice of bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the sheet covered with bacon into the oven; bake until golden and crispy. Lay out cooked bacon on a paper towel, to get rid of any excessive grease.
    Cooked bacon on a plate
  • Using a sauce pan, warm up butter, 1 cup of milk and whipping cream. Whisk the remaining 1 cup of milk together with flour, until there are no lumps. Add flour mixture to the sauce pan. Once the milk is hot, whisk in Dijon mustard; also add diced or shredded Colby Jack cheese and smoked Gouda cheese.
    Butter, milk, cheese, whipping cream, flour, and dijon mustard in a saucepan being whisked together
  • Add macaroni into the sauce and stir to combine. To the the macaroni, add most of the bacon pieces, leave a bit behind for sprinkling.
    Macaroni and cheese in a pot with bacon being added into it
  • This step is optional, but that crust on top is such a drool! Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle it with shredded mozzarella cheese and the remaining bacon pieces. 
    Smoky Bacon Macaroni and Cheese placed into casserole dish and cheese sprinkled over the top of it
  • Bake at 400F for 15 minutes or until the tops are crispy.
    Smoky Bacon Macaroni and Cheese in a bowl on the table