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Baked Mac and Cheese

 

 This Mac and Cheese is seriously delicious. I am sort of a freak about cheese. I’m super picky and I only like a few kinds. And I am totally horrified by American cheese! I’m always paranoid to try other peoples mac and cheese because I’m convinced they use it. To avoid problemas, we make our own and put whatever we want in it. Like bacon!

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How cute is this little piggy dish? Oink Oink, enjoy!

Baked Mac and Cheese
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (8 ounce) package of penne noodles*
  2. 4 Tbsp. butter
  3. 4 Tbsp. flour
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 1 cup heavy cream
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. pepper, to taste
  8. 2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  9. 1/2 cup panko
  10. 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and chopped; about 8 peices
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cook penne noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter
  4. Using a whisk, mix the flour, salt, and pepper; stir well until combined
  5. Slowly add milk and cream; stirring constantly
  6. Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes and continue to stir
  7. Reduce the heat and cook for 8 minutes; stirring constantly
  8. Add the shredded cheese a little at a time and simmer for about 5 minutes
  9. When cheese is melted, remove from heat
  10. Add the cooked penne and mix well
  11. Add cooked bacon; combine
  12. Transfer to a buttered casserole dish
  13. Sprinkle panko over top of the pasta to coat and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown
Notes
  1. We used penne, but of course you can use the standard macaroni noodles, or even bowtie!
Delectable http://delectablebakehouse.com/

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