Mac n Cheese with Bacon
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 strips uncooked bacon, diced
  • ½ cup (or one stick) of butter or margarine
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup cubed Castello Weissbeir cheese
  • 1 cup cubed Castello Classic cheese
  • ½ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350F and find a large oven proof casserole dish
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions
  3. While macaroni is cooking, heat olive oil in a dutch oven or the largest saucepan you have
  4. When oil is hot, add diced bacon and stir quickly for 3-4 minutes or until bacon is just starting to crisp
  5. Remove bacon but leave some of the drippings in the pan
  6. Lower your heat and melt the butter in the same pan as you cooked the bacon and combine it with the drippings
  7. Add flour, salt, pepper, mustard and Worcestershire to the melted butter and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and bubbly - don't let it burn!
  8. Add the bacon back in and stir till coated with flour/butter mixture
  9. Slowly add the milk in one cup increments, stirring constantly until fully combined with the flour/butter mixture.
  10. Bring the whole mixture to a boil, stirring constantly so the milk doesn't scald
  11. Allow to boil for one minute until the sauce starts to thicken
  12. Lower heat and stir in cubed cheese slowly and let it melt into the sauce, while stirring
  13. Drain the macaroni and gently stir it into the cheese sauce.
  14. Once combined, pour the entire mixture into the casserole dish and sprinkle with grated cheddar and Parmesan
  15. Bake 20-25 minutes or until cheese topping is bubbly and staring to brown
  16. Eat
Recipe by Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach at https://www.melissahartfiel.com/2012/11/12/taste-testing-castello-cheese-with-mac-n-cheese/