Macaroni and cheese is delicious but macaroni and cheese with bacon is decadently delicious!
We all know the way to a man’s heart: through his stomach! And what man doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? So here is a good treat for that special man in your life, be it your husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa or boyfriend! You can show him how much you care and satisfy his appetite by cooking the food that he loves on Father's Day this Sunday.
Gruyère melts smoothly and has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor that blends perfectly with Parmesan’s buttery, nutty flavors. Add the succulent, smoky bacon to the mix and it turns the macaroni into a mouthwatering dish. This is a creamy savory macaroni and cheese main dish or side dish.
Be ready for a forkful of cheesy goodness when this comes out of the oven! It had us saying, “Ah!!!” and I hope it will have the same affect on you and your loved ones!
Macaroni Gruyère and Parmesan with Bacon
4 strips bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
8 ounces macaroni
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon dried mustard
4 cups milk
4 cups (12 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese
1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Chives for garnish, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Fry bacon until crisp. Drain and set aside.
Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain well. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt butter.
Add flour and dry mustard to make a simple roux.
Stir in garlic.
Slowly pour milk into mixture, stirring constantly.
Add cheeses, except for ½ cup of Parmesan and blend well until mixture is smooth.
Scoop in cooked macaroni and coat well with the cheese and milk mixture.
Fold in crisp bacon strips.
Season with salt and pepper.
Pour mixture into 3-quart casserole that is coated with cooking spray.
Sprinkle with reserved Parmesan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Yum! It’s great with Gruyère, Parmesan and smoky bacon!
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