The Love of Loaded Mac n’ Cheese

By Tim Nordberg, Recent ASU Nutrition Student

Everyone loves Mac n’ Cheese, it’s a comfort food and always a delicious, filling meal.  I have found that I’ve gotten bored of the typical Mac n’ Cheese so I’ve been experimenting with a few different recipes. This is one I’ve really enjoyed.

I’m a big pepper jack cheese fan, I love the hint of spiciness it has.  I’ve found that by making Mac and Cheese from scratch it’s not only a lot more fun because I generally only cook for myself I have a ton of leftovers and get to enjoy it for even a few days after.

 

 

Loaded Mac and Cheese

 

8 slices bacon

½ pepper jack cheese 1/2 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided

3⁄4 cup of uncooked elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

3⁄4 cup milk

1⁄2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)

 

-Preheat the oven to 350

 

-Fry the bacon until crisp and then crumble it

 

– Cook the macaroni

–  In the same pan as you cooked the pasta, melt the butter and add flour.

– Cook for about 3 minutes, until the flour taste is cooked away.

– Add milk a little at a time, stir until the flour is well blended.

–  Remove from heat and add 3/4 cup of cheese, stirring until melted (at this point, you may add a bit more milk if it’s too thick).

– Add pasta, crumbled bacon, and salt and pepper to taste.

–  Pour into a greased a 1 1/2 quart baking dish, sprinkle top with remaining cheese.

–  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or longer if you like a golden cheesy top.

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