Ultimate Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese

Ultimate Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese

There’s something incredibly comforting about a piping hot bowl of mac and cheese. And when you take that classic dish up a notch with the savory goodness of crispy bacon, you get the Ultimate Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese. This recipe is a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave you craving for more.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute until it forms a paste (roux).
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and gradually add the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, stirring until melted and smooth.
  6. Season the cheese sauce with salt, black pepper, and paprika.
  7. Stir in the cooked macaroni and crumbled bacon, combining everything well.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  9. Transfer the mac and cheese mixture to a baking dish.
  10. In a small bowl, mix the bread crumbs with a tablespoon of melted butter. Sprinkle this mixture over the mac and cheese.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and the cheese is bubbling.
  12. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Creamy mac and cheese loaded with crispy bacon, topped with a golden breadcrumb crust – the Ultimate Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese is pure comfort food indulgence.

Nutrition information: Calories: 450 | Total Fat: 26g | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 22g

Indulge in this soul-warming dish that brings together the creamy, cheesy delight of mac and cheese with the irresistible allure of crispy bacon. Every forkful is a journey through velvety textures and smoky flavors that will remind you of home-cooked meals and joyful gatherings. The crispy breadcrumb topping adds a satisfying crunch that perfectly complements the rich and cheesy base. Whether you’re enjoying it as a comforting dinner or serving it at a gathering, the Ultimate Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese is a timeless favorite that never fails to impress. Share the love and share the dish – it’s a guaranteed way to make any meal memorable.