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Mac & Cheese w/Applewood Bacon

This is a fairly easy recipe to follow. If you can’t find white cheddar cheese you can use a medium to sharp cheddar. Muenster cheese can be substituted for velveeta cheese. Also to truly make this homemade, make your own bread crumbs and combine with crumbled Applewood bacon .

Ingredients:

1 pound of pasta (spiral)
3 cups of milk
1/2 cups of half&half
4 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of flour
4 cups of sharp white cheddar (separated)
1 cup of Munster cheese (or similar type)
8 ounces of cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

For the  Bacon-Bread Crumb Topping 

8 strips of Applewood bacon
3 slices of white bread toasted
Drizzle of olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Paprika
and any other seasoning you like to make your own bread crumbs or you can use ready-made measure 1/2 cup of bread crumbs.

For this recipe you want to use three slices of bread, drizzle olive oil and season both sides of bread.

Instructions:

For Bacon-Bread Crumb Topping:

Cook bacon till crispy, lay on paper towels to dry and soak up excess grease.

Line up bread on cookie sheet drizzle olive oil over both sides of bread and season to taste. Place in preheated oven 300 for about ten minutes checking min way and flipping over to toast each side evenly. Once toasted to desire crispness place aside with bacon.

Cook Applewood bacon till crispy. You can cut up then cook, or cook in strips.

For The Mac & Cheese:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Under cook pasta by 2-3 minutes. Heat mild and Half&half in sauce pan. Melt butter on medium heat, when it begins to bubble, add flour. Whisk for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add heated milk and continue whisking. Heat until thick(only 2 cups sharp). Slowly add the other cheese one at a time. Once all the cheeses is melted, add pasta and combine. Place in 3 qt baking dish and top with remaining 2 cups sharp. Bake for about 35 minutes.

Once all cheeses is melted your sauce should look like this.

Cooked pasta and cheese sauce

Add last two cups of cheese before putting into oven.

Add Bacon-Bread Crumb Topping:

Once Mac & Cheese is from oven you will need to add  toppings. Using either a chef’s knife and cutting board, or a food processor. Chop up Bacon, then bread crumbs. You don’t want very fine pieces, or huge chunks. Refer to last two pictures. 

After Bacon Bread Crumb Topping is added.

This dish when reheated retains its creaminess.

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About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

5 responses »

  1. It looks wonderful I am so going to test this out on my grand kids !!! (Without the ass flour… Lol you have a typo ) sorry I just had to use that I could not pass the joking by. Lol

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  2. Reblogged this on Dishing it out with Clarissa and commented:

    There is nothing more comforting then a warm bowl of homemade mac and cheese. But i did turn the volume up just a tad by adding thick cut apple wood bacon…. Who doesn’t love bacon

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  3. I love anything cheese and tomato – but I never thought of mac and cheese with BACON – I’m addicted to your blog, good thing it’s calorie-free blogging 🙂

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