The Mac Daddy of All Mac N' Cheeses

READY IN: 46mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Butter 1 quart square baking dishes with two tbsp of butter. Cook the pasta for 2 min less than the package directions suggest, about 6-8 min; drain and return it to the pot.
  • In a small saute pan, melt 2 tbs of butter. Add cracker and bread crumbs. Stir until crumbs have fully absorbed the butter. Remove from heat and let cool. In a bowl, mix together parsley, french fried onions and Parmesan cheese. Add cooled crumb mixture. Set aside.
  • Crisp up bacon in a large pot. Remove bacon pieces with a spoon and set aside. Pour off all drippings.
  • Heat a tbs of olive oil to a medium sized sauce pot. Saute onions and mushrooms until unions are tender, about 3-mins. Add garlic stirring often until softened. Remove from pan and return pan to heat. Melt remaining butter in same pot over medium heat. Sprinkle flour over butter and cook 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat, whisking until a roux or paste forms. Add cold milk and whisk vigorously until dissolved. Cook sauce on medium-low heat until thick and bubbly. Add heavy cream, all cheeses, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cook until cheeses are fully melted, stirring occasionally.
  • To the sauce, add the mushroom mixture, pasta and crispy bacon; stir to combine well. Mixture will be slightly wet. Divide evenly into prepared baking dishes and sprinkle with cracker topping.
  • You can freeze this to prepare later on. Just cover completed unbaked mac n' cheese with plastic wrap, then foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, let thaw overnight in frig. Remove plastic wrap then re-cover with foil, and bake at 350F until heated through, about 50-55 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until top is golden, 5-10 minutes.
  • To bake immediately: Bake at 350F until golden brown.
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