Mac and Cheese With Applewood Smoked Bacon

"This is your basic mac and cheese recipe, with a couple simple additions that I think made it one of the best I've tried/made (and I've tried/made a lot)."
 
Mac and Cheese With Applewood Smoked Bacon created by Lori Mama
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1hr 15mins
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ingredients

  • 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
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 -4 cups milk
  • 2 cups crushed potato chips and seasoned bread crumbs, to cover
  • butter

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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"I love food. I love to cook and I love to eat. Whether I'm feeding my family or entertaining my friends, eating for me is almost always an event. I rarely eat something just because I am hungry, thought goes into most meals, especially dinners. I love eating out and trying new places and like to try and figure out what has gone into some of the better dishes. If it's really good, I'll even ask. I prefer cooking to baking because I'm not much for precision, and I'm not really that big on desserts. I subscribe to food magazines (Food and Wine is one of my favorites) and love experimenting with wine and food pairings. After all, most meals are better with the perfect glass of wine!"
 

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  1. Lori Mama
    Delicious! I used elbows, white cheddar only and halved the recipe. I liked the idea of the pureed onion. No biting down on chunks of onion that way. Good idea. I will leave out the peas next time. They really didn't add anything to the dish. Personal preference. :)
     
  2. Lori Mama
    Mac and Cheese With Applewood Smoked Bacon Created by Lori Mama
  3. foodgoblin
    This is your basic mac and cheese recipe, with a couple simple additions that I think made it one of the best I've tried/made (and I've tried/made a lot).
     
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