Dressed-Up Bacon Mac and Cheese

Dressed-Up Bacon Mac and Cheese
Dressed-Up Bacon Mac and Cheese

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

5

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

5

servings

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter, for greasing

  • 8

    ounces macaroni

  • 2 1/2

    cups cold milk

  • 4

    ounces provolone cheese, coarsely grated

  • 4

    ounces aged Asiago cheese, coarsely grated

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 2

    scallions, white and green parts, chopped

  • 3

    slices white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces

  • 3

    strips bacon

  • 1

    medium onion, chopped

  • 1

    clove garlic, minced

  • 3

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/8

    teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Kosher salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart shallow casserole dish. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain; transfer the pasta to the prepared casserole dish along with 1/4 cup of the cold milk. (This will cool the pasta and prevent it from becoming gummy.) Meanwhile, mix the cheeses together in a small bowl. Beat the eggs with 1/4 cup of the milk in a medium bowl. Add the scallions, bread and half of the cheese to the egg mixture; set aside. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings from the pan. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until just brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the flour, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the remaining 1 3/4 cups milk and 3/4 cup water to the skillet. Bring to a boil, whisking until thick. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk to cool slightly. Whisk in the remaining cheese. Add the sauce to the macaroni; stir to combine. Crumble up the bacon and add it to the egg/bread mixture. Spread evenly over the pasta. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven; let sit 5 minutes before serving.

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