Mac N Cheese

My Stepson Steven is kind of a picky eater, so when he started liking Mac N Cheese and wanting to explore different varieties, I wanted to help. Whenever we’re dining together, it’s always fun to find a place with Mac N Cheese so he can try a new version. After years of exploring, I think we’ve determined, he likes his on the saucy side (just like me) and would never complain about some bacon added to it.

This recipe really captures both of Steven’s favorites, saucy and smoky. This version is baked, so if you like more of a casserole type Mac N Cheese, you’ll like this. If you’d rather have it straight off the stovetop, skip the baking and serve directly from the pot. Enjoy!

Mac N Cheese
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Creamy, cheesy noodles with a hint of smokiness for those days when you're craving some comfort food.
Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Mac N Cheese
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Print Recipe
Creamy, cheesy noodles with a hint of smokiness for those days when you're craving some comfort food.
Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 16 oz Cut Macaroni I used Muellers, you can use your favorite noodle.
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 4 C Milk
  • 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 1/4 C Heavy Cream
  • 3/4 pound Smoked Gouda
  • 1 pound Sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 C Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 5 Slices Cooked Bacon
  • 3 T Dijon Mustard
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Instructions
  1. Boil noodles according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Shred cheeses by hand or using the food processor. Tip: Shredding your own cheese helps the cheese melt much better than the pre-shredded variety available at the store.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 5 minutes. Hear milk in the microwave until warm and slowly whisk into the flour and butter mixture (called roux). Keep whisking until a smooth consistency is achieved. Add Mustard, Salt and Pepper.
  4. Slowly add cheese by the handful and stir until melted, stirring between each handful. Once melted and smooth, add cream until you've reach your desired consistency. I like mine on the saucy side but some people like theirs more on the thick side. You decide, it's your Mac N Cheese!
  5. Stir in cooked noodles and place in a baking dish. Note: If you like your Mac N Cheese on the saucy side, you can serve this right from the pot. Baking creates more of a casserole texture with a crispy top.
  6. Place bacon in a food processor or chop finely and sprinkle on top. Spread panko bread crumbs evenly on the top and baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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