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White Cheddar and Bacon Mac & Cheese
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This recipe was part of the Food Fight: Macaroni and Cheese Challenge which ended Feb 29, 2008 04:00 PM.
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Total Time: 1 hour

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Makes: 8-10 servings

This is heavily adapted from a Tyler Florence recipe. Actually, I’ve never tried the original recipe as written- I made several changes the first time I tried it, and more the next time- you know how it goes!

Anyway, this is what I ended up with. It’s definitely not diet-friendly, but everyone sure seems to love it.

Instructions

  1. 1Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni, and cook til al dente (about 8-9 minutes). Drain.

Preheat the oven to 400°.

  1. 1In a small saucepan, heat the half and half with the sprigs of thyme and the smashed garlic cloves.

In a large, deep skillet cook the bacon til crispy. Drain off the excess fat and add the chopped onion and thyme leaves (if you really love garlic, chop up a couple cloves and add them here too!) and cook until the onion is translucent. Remove the bacon-onion mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Add the butter to the pan and let it melt, then whisk in the flour to make a roux. Strain the solids out of the half and half and add it to the pan, whisking til smooth. Add all but a couple handfuls of the cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.

  1. 1In a large bowl, mix together the macaroni, sauce, and bacon-onion mixture. Add the parsley, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a large baking dish. Toss the remaining cheese with the breadcrumbs and scatter on top.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot & bubbly and the top is golden brown.

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