Baked Mac and Cheese
Perfectly cheesy and gooey baked mac and cheese topped with bacon crumb topping.
Main Course, Side Dish
bacon, mac and cheese, pasta
to cook pasta
to season water
(whole or reduced fat)
sharp cheddar cheese
fresh cracked black pepper
bacon grease from cooking bacon
Cook bacon in the oven:
Preheat the oven to 425 and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, covering it entirely and up the sides. Fit a wire rack inside the baking sheet and lightly spray it with cooking spray.
Lay out bacon strips on top of the rack. For more flavor, you can brush bacon with a little mustard or just season with some black pepper.
Cook bacon for 13-15 minutes, depending on thickness of bacon. Thick cut bacon can take up to 20 minutes to cook fully.
Take the bacon out of the oven and lay the strips out on a paper towel.
Mac and cheese:
Grate blocks of cheese on large block grater. Set aside.
While bacon is cooking, cook pasta, and prepare cheese sauce.
Cook macaroni al dente, strain, and set aside.
Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
Whisk in flour and stir. Once it's combined and looks like paste, start slowly pouring in milk while
. Keep whisking until all incorporated.
Add cheeses a handful at a time while slowly stirring.
Season with garlic power, salt, and pepper. Keep slowly stirring.
Once all cheese is melted and smooth, add pasta. Stir until all completely combined. Take off heat.
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a baking dish. Use a deep 9x9 baking dish or 9x13 baking dish.
Spread mac and cheese in the prepared baking dish.
Crumble and dice cooked bacon. Mix diced bacon, Panko, and a little bacon grease in a mixing bowl until evenly combined.
Spread topping all over the mac and cheese in the baking pan.
Bake for about 20 minutes.
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