Chipotle-Bacon Mac and Cheese

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READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 8-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bring 1 gallon water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a stock pot; add pasta. Cook 8 to 9 minutes or until al dente. Drain; rinse with cold water. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. (Do not brown flour.) Add half-and-half, next 2 ingredients, and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking constantly, 5 to 6 minutes or until thickened. Gradually add cheeses, stirring until blended. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in cooked pasta. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  • Sauté chipotle pepper in remaining 1 tablespoon hot corn oil in a small skillet over medium heat 30 seconds or until mixture begins to smoke. Remove from heat and quickly stir in bacon and panko until coated. Sprinkle mixture over pasta.
  • Bake at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden and crisp on top. Serve immediately.
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