As soon as the weather starts to get cooler, I love to make my “Three Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese” on a cozy Sunday. Adding thick cut smoked bacon, bread crumbs, and more we take a classic dish and turn it into a mouth-watering staple for fall meals.
Put the box of Kraft Mac & Cheese down and step far away from your boiled hot dogs. This is Mac & Cheese like you’ve never had before.
- 1 Block Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Block Gouda Cheese
- 1 Block Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Pack of thick cut smoked Cut Bacon
- ½ cup Fresh Parsley
- 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Mustard
- 1 Package of Cavatappi Pasta
- 2 cups Bread Crumbs or Day Old French Bread
- 1 stick of Butter
- 1-1 ½ cup Heavy Cream
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
Three Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add water to a large pot and bring to a boil (make sure to add in 1 tbsp of salt).
While the water is boiling, start grating all the cheeses and set aside.
Grate 1 cup of Gouda and 1 cup of cheddar and mix together. Separately grate 1 cup of parmesan cheese and set aside. Do not mix with the other two.
By now your pot of water should be at a rapid boil. Add entire package of cavatappi pasta and cook the noodles al dente. Don’t overcook pasta because we’re going to finish the pasta in the oven.
While pasta is cooking, fry up your bacon.
Pan cook 6-8 pc of thick smoke cut bacon.
Once bacon is cooked, remove from pan, cover with a paper towel, and set aside.
- Mince ½ cup of parsley
- If using French Bread, add to food processor until you get the breadcrumb consistency.
- Once you have the breadcrumbs mix them in a bowl with salt, garlic powder, and pepper
Noodles should now be cooked al dente. Remove from heat, strain water, and set aside.
Grab a smaller saucepan to start the rue for the sauce.
Bring to a low-medium heat and add in ¼ stick of butter.
Once butter is melted, add in a spoonful of flour and rapidly stir in with a whisk until it becomes a rue (paste).
Continue to whisk for one minute or until it turns golden brown.
Then add in 1 cup of heavy cream and bring the saucepan to a boil.
Allow to boil for 1-2 minutes and then turn down heat to a simmer.
Let it simmer until it thickens and then fold in:
- Gouda & Cheddar mixture
- 1 tbsp of mustard
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp of garlic powder
Stir mixture until smooth and then let sit for 30 seconds.
Remove from heat and let sit for 1 minute until sauce thickens.
Fold in cavatappi noodles into the cheese sauce and mix well.
After the mixture has sat for 1 minute, mix ¼ cup of melted butter into the breadcrumb mixture.
Stir with a fork until butter is evenly mixed
Now grab the bacon you previously cooked and chop into medium bitesize bits- set aside.
Take the strain noodles and pour them into a pre-greased (or non-stick baking pan)
Evenly spread out noodles with a spatula and add freshly cracked pepper and a pinch of salt.
Now layer bacon bits evenly over the top of the cavatappi pasta.
Lastly, evenly spread the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the bacon with a spatula.
Put the baking dish on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the breadcrumbs have turned golden brown.
Remove from the oven, let cool a little, and serve!
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