Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Three Cheese Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon Topping

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Believe me, it was absolutely delicious!  We had seconds, I'm not joking.  You have the macaroni bathing in that decadent creamy three cheese sauce...
Then you add the bacon topping.  "What's not to love"?  




This dish will be loved by everyone in your household trust me.  It is a snap to bake and did I mention budget friendly?  I know!  Just make sure you call me so I can come over for dinner! I'll bring appetizers or dessert or something.

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:  
1lb your favorite pasta (16Oz)
1lb bacon

Three Cheese Sauce:
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp Canola oil
6 tbsp flour
4 cups milk (I used 2%)
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated (can use Parmesan, not the one in the jar)
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, grated
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper

Bacon Topping:
Cooked bacon slices minus the 4 strips
25 butter crackers- 1 sleeve (Ritz)
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
2 tbsp parsley *optional*

Directions:
-Cook your bacon till crisp, drain on paper towels and reserve 4 slices, set aside.  If a bacon strip somehow, I mean these things happen, mysteriously ends up in your mouth...
Don't panic, just go with it!

-Boil pasta according to box directions.  Once cooked, drain and cool with cold water to stop the cooking process.  Keep cool, cooked pasta in the strainer till ready to use.

-Preheat oven to 350F.

-Let's get to work on that amazing sauce shall we...
Easy so far right?  I know!  Using a medium saucepan melt your butter and canola oil.  Add your flour and cook for about 1 minute. The reason you are cooking it is so your sauce doesn't have a floury flavor.


-After about a minute, add your milk all at once and whisk into the flour mixture.  Keep whisking till the sauce is nicely thickened about 5-6 minutes.  Turn off heat

-Add your cheeses and stir to incorporate thoroughly.  Here is a step by step video by me that shows you how to make a "Bechamel" which is literally the cheese sauce.  See, that's how much I love you! ♥




-Add your cooked pasta and stir.

-Pour your decadent pasta that is just so happy to be swimming in a creamy lake of luxurious cheese sauce into a 13 X 9 pre-sprayed baking pan, set aside.



-For the topping, add your bacon (I usually break them into pieces for this, I shouldn't but old habits die hard, you know how that is), your crackers, Romano cheese and parsley if using into a mini food processor.  Pulse till crumbly and fine.

-Sprinkle bacon topping over macaroni and then crumble the remaining bacon pieces over the topping.

-Bake for 30-35 minutes till nicely warmed through and you just can't wait to dig in.

I usually serve this with a simple salad of some kind, as I want the macaroni and cheese to be the star!!



Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

12 comments :

  1. You and your bacon!!! It looks seriously yummy....

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    1. I should add bacon as the other fetish Alex, lol

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    1. As you can see, very easy my Donna! ♥

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  3. OMG...BACON is my favorite food group!!!!!
    CinStraw

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  4. I was on the train with bacon, cheese and mac. And your delicious touch just makes it all the more enticing. And I know it's gonna re-heat like a dream. Perfect for me!

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  5. Didi, this sounds amazing! Another one of your recipes I have to put on my "To Make" list! ♥

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  6. Oh wow Didi!! You do know how to catch my attention! This looks fantastic!

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    1. Thank you so much Kecia, it was very good!

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