Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cheesy Baked Mac n' Cheese with Bacon + Chives

It's the weekend, and it's not like me to cook on weekend nights, but I about to make this baked macaroni and cheese...with a few special ingredients.


You'll Need:

  • kosher salt, to taste
  • vegetable oil, if desired
  • 1 lb elbow macaroni or 1 lb cavatappi pasta
  • 1 quart milk
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (divided)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups)
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh chives
  • 3/4 lb fresh tomato (4 small)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh white breadcrumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6-8 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don't boil it. Melt 6 tablespoons of butter in a large (4 qt.) pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minutes or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, cheddar, 1 tablespoons salt, pepper, bacon, chives, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and stir well. Pour into a 3 quart baking dish.
  4. Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top (optional). Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine butter with fresh breaf crumbs, and sprinkle on top. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and macaroni is browned on the top.

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1 comment:

  1. my family doesn't like gruyere cheese, is there another that would be good?