Three Cheese & Bacon Mac & Cheese

I’ve had many a decadent Macaroni and Cheese recipe– in restaurants or even that Trader Joe’s frozen version– but I’d never made mine own until this past weekend. It has always seemed like such an over-the-top sort of meal, one that I enjoy immensely but should avoid at all costs if I ever wish to maintain any sort of control over my body jiggle.

With a good dose of three cheeses- sharp cheddar, herbed goat cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano and a generous handful of crispy bacon- I can easily call this the best Macaroni and Cheese recipe ever: Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon. What are the key ingredients for making the best macaroni and cheese recipe ever? I’ll let you in on my secret…




Ah yes, all of these things are essential for a great mac n cheese recipe.

You must begin with a creamy base sauce (this one uses whole milk instead of cream, so it’s not quite so insane), and those cheeses melt right into it.

Once that cheesy sauce is all hot and thick and creamy, add in ad dente cooked pasta and a bunch of crispy, cooked bacon.

That’s it! Then just pour it into a large casserole dish. It’ll look a lot like soup at this point. This is why the pasta is only cooked al dente (slightly firm), since it will have the opportunity to soak up more liquid when this bad boy is baked. Sprinkle the whole thing with some extra garlicky, buttered breadcrumbs too.


30 minutes later, your Macaroni and Cheese will come out looking all bubbly and toasted like this.


I made an extra ramekin-full of this Mac n Cheese for tasting since I was bringing the big one to a Gourmet Dinner Club party in our neighborhood. Oh yeah. Glad I did. This was (as I mentioned) the best Macaroni and Cheese recipe ever. When this thing was baking, the scent of garlic filled the house. Those garlicky, toasted breadcrumbs were delicious on top, and the garlic didn’t overwhelm the dish. The tangy flavors of the goat cheese and the sharp cheddar were excellent choices (thanks to Food Porn Daily for the inspiration), and I loved the addition of fresh thyme and red pepper flakes. And do I need to mention the bacon? That was the icing on the macaroni and cheese, right there… the bacon.

Feedback from the dinner party- this recipe was the “crowd favorite.” Our host called the next day to tell us that he was eating Macaroni and Cheese leftovers and that they were “ridiculous” (translation= “out of this world!”)

This recipe can be found here: Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon

P.S. If you’re looking for a low fat, Weight Watcher-friendly version of Macaroni and Cheese, check today’s post on my other blog www.CulinaryCovers.com, where you’ll find a much healthier version of this recipe :)

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25 Responses to “Three Cheese & Bacon Mac & Cheese”

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    Sues — October 18, 2010 @ 5:44 AM

    This looks so, so good!!! I love bacon in my mac and cheese and I absolutely love when there are tons of seasonings in it. Yum!

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    leslie — October 18, 2010 @ 6:47 AM

    Ummmm.this looks dangerous! The bacon just puts it over the top!!!!

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    Kisha — October 18, 2010 @ 6:53 AM

    This is a must try for me. I love Mac and cheese and this looks like it could be my new favorite.

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    Lauren at KeepItSwee — October 18, 2010 @ 7:21 AM

    wow this looks amazingly decadent

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    A Boston Food Diary — October 18, 2010 @ 7:38 AM

    Lori this looks AMAZING! Mac & Cheese is one of those things I rarely allow myself either- but this looks like the perfect indulgence!

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    Paula — October 18, 2010 @ 8:25 AM

    I think it is an ideal dinner :)

    have a nice time!
    Paula

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    patsyk — October 18, 2010 @ 10:10 AM

    Ok, that mac & cheese seriously looks insane! Perfect way to describe a dish like this one.

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    nina — October 18, 2010 @ 11:06 AM

    Now how easy is that and you know me and easy go hand in hand. Love the three cheeses and oh, did I say the garlicky breadcrumbs look insanely good?

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    Amanda :) — October 18, 2010 @ 2:04 PM

    Mmm, this looks *incredible* Lori!

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    Jenna — October 18, 2010 @ 3:08 PM

    Wow, that looks amazing!

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    Crystal'sCozyKitchen — October 18, 2010 @ 3:25 PM

    I’ve been wanting to try Mac & Cheese with bacon, you’ve just convinced me I should! Looks delish.

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    LilSis — October 18, 2010 @ 5:40 PM

    **drooling**

    This would get me into some serious trouble! I’d want to eat the entire dish! It looks fantastic!

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    Liz @ LBBakes — October 19, 2010 @ 4:11 AM

    My mouth is watering for this at 7am! Those are some killer ingredients!

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    LowfatChick — October 19, 2010 @ 5:47 AM

    That looks so delicious! I wish I could eat it but it will kill my cholesterol and blood pressure. Maybe I can try to attempt by substituting ingredients. Hummm.

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    Carolyn — October 19, 2010 @ 10:37 AM

    This looks so good! I think I might have to make some mac and cheese tonight now!

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    Barbara — October 19, 2010 @ 12:33 PM

    Yum! Those last two photos….I am drooling. What a fabulous mac and cheese recipe! Wish I didn’t have tonight’s dinner planned…well, it will have to be tomorrow!

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    Elizabeth — October 19, 2010 @ 3:53 PM

    I’ll definitely be making this! I’ll just have to “forget” to tell the bf about the goat cheese =D

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    marla — October 19, 2010 @ 6:43 PM

    Lori, this mac and cheese with bacon looks amazing – of course it was the number one crowd pleaser!

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    Lynn — October 20, 2010 @ 8:43 PM

    My son would be in oinky heaven with this for dinner. Yum!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — October 21, 2010 @ 7:05 PM

    You had me at bacon….:) Looks soooo good!

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    Sophie — October 29, 2010 @ 7:25 AM

    Most things are tastier with bacon, I have to agree with my husband ;) . I’m a huge macaroni fan, and he loves bacon, so this wouldn’t last long in my home. Love that it’s a grown-up version! Looks so filling too!

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    Laura — December 24, 2010 @ 2:13 PM

    I’ll be making Christmas holiday weekend; i.e., Christmas Day! Since my husband’s favorite all-time food is mac and cheese. But the bacon? What a GREAT idea!!! I’ll let you know I make out. Thanks!

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    Daisy — October 10, 2011 @ 9:31 AM

    I have been wanting to try this recipe for a while, and I finally did. IT IS THE BEST MAC AND CHEESE!!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I hope you check out my version of your recipe (which you were properly credited).

    Daisy

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    Mark — August 31, 2012 @ 11:27 AM

    This is the best Mac & Cheese in the universe. The baked breadcrumbs are the overlooked item that puts it over the top for me (it’s a texture thing), on top of the magnificent cheeses and bacon (ok, I doubled the recipes bacon load). In the second batch I also added a bit more pepper (cayenne and black) to give a slight tickle to the middle of the tongue. Two dinner parties with rave reviews from all and the best part is we had leftovers for a couple of days. It is SO rich, small portions are filling.