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The Ultimate Bacon Mac and Cheese

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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Lauren Greutman

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 pound of macaroni noodles or anything really, cooked just under al dente
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp bacon fat from cooking the bacon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350.
  • Line a cookie sheet (make sure it has a lip) with foil, and top with a cooling rack. I couldn't find a cooling rack, so I just took the grates out of my toaster oven and laid it across the cookie sheet.
  • Lay the bacon on the rack side by side. Bake for between 15 and 20 minutes.
  • While the bacon is cooking, you should also boil your pasta. Cook it just under al dente and set that aside.
  • Now get your bacon out of the oven if it's done to your liking.
  • Chop it up and set it aside for later - but keep that bacon fat! Pour it in a jar.
  • In a large sauce pan, melt 2 Tbsp of butter with 2 Tbsp of the bacon fat over medium heat. If you want to really go crazy with bacon flavor, you could skip the butter and just use 4 Tbsp of bacon fat at this step. It's up to you :)
  • Once the butter has melted and mixed with the bacon fat, add the chopped green onions. Mix them up for a few minutes to soften them.
  • Add the flour and whisk like crazy until it's well blended.
  • Add the milk. Slowly heat while whisking until is starts to bubble.
  • Add 3 cups of the shredded cheddar, the salt and pepper, plus 1/2 cup of the chopped bacon. Mix it well until it's nice and smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Add the pasta to the sauce pan and mix it evenly into the cheese sauce.
  • Pour into a casserole dish, top with the remaining cup of shredded cheese and the remaining chopped bacon.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes. Then enjoy!