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    4-Cheese Mac 'n' Bacon

    4-Cheese Mac 'n' Bacon. Photo by chuckmall

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hrs

    30 mins

    30 mins

    chuckmall's Note:

    This is based on a popular dish at T's restaurant in Chicago. But I modified what I tasted and added a touch of bacon to really give it some heartiness. Whoever you serve this to will immediately declare it the best mac 'n' cheese they've ever had. Unite against boxed mac 'n' cheese!

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 10-12

    Yield:

    large p ...

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Heat oven at 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish. Fry bacon slices; set on paper towels. Pour off all but approximately 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease. Put pan back on medium heat and add onion. Cook about 5 minutes, until softened. While stirring constantly, add about a third of the flour; continue stirring and slowly adding flour, for at least 1 minute.
    2. 2
      Transfer onion/flour mixture to a large, heavy saucepan on medium heat. While whisking, slowly pour in milk. Cook while whisking until mixture bubbles and gets thicker (not necessarily "thick"). Remove pan from heat. Add salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, the cheeses and stir. Crumble bacon and add it, stirring. Set aside.
    3. 3
      Cook pasta in a large saucepan about 2-3 minutes less than box's instructions. Drain pasta in a colander, rinse with cold water, and drain again. Stir pasta into the cooked cheese sauce. Bake until browned on top, about 30 minutes. Let dish stand for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 08, 2011

      55

      Absolutely loved the combo of cheeses used here, & the addition of bacon really kicked this mac & cheese up another notch! Originally chosen to be made as a gift for a neighbor couple, this time around we simply invited them over for dinner so we could keep hole of any left overs! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! A definite treat for anyone who makes it! [Made & reviewed for one of my adopted chefs in this Spring's round of Pick A Chef]

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    Nutritional Facts for 4-Cheese Mac 'n' Bacon

    Serving Size: 1 (221 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 544.5
     
    Calories from Fat 229
    42%
    Total Fat 25.5 g
    39%
    Saturated Fat 15.1 g
    75%
    Cholesterol 78.4 mg
    26%
    Sodium 1105.7 mg
    46%
    Total Carbohydrate 47.7 g
    15%
    Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
    7%
    Sugars 9.0 g
    36%
    Protein 30.0 g
    60%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    center-cut bacon

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