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Recipe: Mac and cheese with bacon and gruyère

By Duane Pemberton

Who can hate on home made Mac n’ Cheese? It’s comfort food 101 – simple, homey, a bit rustic and really does seem to warm the soul. This is a variant that I recently made for my family and I’m happy to share with you how I made it.

*As pictured: served with a slice of cheesy jalapeno bread.
  • 1/2 cup -Shredded Gruyère Cheese
  • 1/2 cup – Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup – flour
  • 2 tablespoons – butter
  • 3 cups – milk
  • 3/4lb – Elbow Macaroni pasta
  • 2oz – finely chopped, fresh Rosemary
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • Salt / Pepper

Start the bacon first – either over a traditional skillet on the stove top or in the oven on a sheet pan at 400° until crispy.

In a stock-pot start your water on high heat – after it starts to boil, season with several large pinches of sea salt or kosher and then add the pasta and cook until al dente. 

Using a large sauce pan, add the butter and bring to a full melt and then combine the flour. Start whisking in the milk until it reaches a consistency that will easily coat the back of a spoon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Now add both cheeses, slowly to allow them to melt – simmer in low heat for a few minutes.

I used 12oz ramekins for my plating – you can certainly prepare this in a glass casserole dish as well. If using ramekins, add enough pasta to go up about 3/4 the way and then add the cheese sauce and mix in chopped bacon. If using a casserole dish, simply combine all the pasta and cheese sauce and add in the bacon (chopped up).

Bake in the oven at 425° for 10-minutes (5-min convection mode) – remove and add the fresh rosemary.