Mac and Cheese With Applewood Smoked Bacon

Recipe by foodgoblin
READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    lb noodles, elbow, penne, farfalle
  • 16
    ounces , cheese. (I used jack and sharp cheddar)
  • 12 - 1
    lb of applewood smoked bacon, cooked but not too crispy & broken into bite size pieces
  • 1
    onion, pureed
  • cayenne pepper, salt & pepper to taste
  • frozen peas
  • 3 -4
    cups milk
  • 2
    cups crushed potato chips and seasoned bread crumbs, to cover
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cook bacon and set aside on paper towels to drain.
  • Cook noodles, al dente, drain and set aside.
  • For sauce: melt 3-4 tablesppons butter and whisk in equal amount of flour to form a paste.
  • Add the half cup or so of pureed, or finely chopped, onion and stir for minute or so to cook the onion.
  • Add the heavy cream and milk.
  • Cook until smooth.
  • Add the cheese, cubed or grated is fine, cook until melted and smooth.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and CAYENNE to taste.
  • Combine the sauce with drained noodles and stir in frozen peas.
  • Pour into baking dish and top with crushed mixture of chips and panko crumbs.
  • Cook for about 20 minutes at 400 and then top with a few pats of butter and continue cooking til bubbly and brown.
  • Enjoy!
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