Four Cheese and Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese

Four Cheese and Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese
Four Cheese and Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    box (1 lb) cavatappi or macaroni

  • 6

    slices bacon, diced

  • 1

    tbsp unsalted butter

  • 3

    tbsp all-purpose flour

  • 2

    cups milk

  • 1/2

    tsp onion flakes

  • 1/4

    tsp salt

  • 1/4

    tsp pepper

  • 1/2

    lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1

    cup shredded Colby Jack cheese

  • 1

    cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

  • 8

    slices American cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 3-quart broiler safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Cook bacon in a medium saucepan until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Pour off all drippings except 2 tbsps. Add butter to bacon drippings. Whisk in flour until smooth. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes. In a large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby jack, and mozzarella cheeses. Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 1 1/4 cups of cheese mixture. Toss bacon with remaining cheese mixture. In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of cheese and bacon mixture. Repeat layering. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil and broil 3 minutes until top is lightly browned. I think this is just as good without the bacon.

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