Smoked Bacon Macaroni and Cheese #maccheesemania

A delicious 4 cheese macaroni and cheese dish filled with smoked bacon. This dish was inspired by Patti LaBelle’s Over the Rainbow Mac n Cheese. Seriously delicious mac n cheese that is loaded with cheese, cheese and more cheese. Plus some bacon for good measure!

Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese by Cravings of a Lunatic

Thanks for stopping by today. I have a delicious mac n cheese recipe for you. This dish was inspired by Patti Labelle’s Over the Rainbow Mac n Cheese. If you have not tried hers yet you are really missing out. It’s beyond decadent, it’s filled with 10 kinds of cheese. She does a version with lobster too which makes me wish I wasn’t allergic. I made a couple of small changes, more due to geography than anything else. Some cheeses can be hard to find here. Plus my daughter, mini-me, is picky about cheese. The apple does not fall far from the tree since I am too.

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I had a blast making my mac n cheese. I don’t make it very often so I got a little carried away and made three versions to try out. Needless to say our freezer is well stocked with pasta right now. The perks of getting carried away. Hope you love this version. It’s my favourite. What can I say, I’m a bacon girl.

Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese by Cravings of a Lunatic

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A delicious 4 cheese macaroni and cheese dish filled with smoked bacon. This dish was inspired by Patti LaBelle's Over the Rainbow Mac n Cheese. Seriously delicious mac n cheese that is loaded with cheese, cheese and more cheese. Plus some bacon for good measure!
  • 500 gram package of dried noodles, I used Cappelletti
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups of shredded mild Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups of shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup of Velveeta cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 2 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper to taste
  • 1 pound smoked bacon, cooked and cut into large chunks
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, once it's at a rolling boil add a generous amount of salt. Toss in the noodles, and cook until tender, about 1 minute less than the package instructs..Don't overcook the pasta, you don't want it to be mushy. Remove from heat, drain the pasta and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized saucepan, melt eight tablespoons of butter. Stir in the cooked noodles. Then toss in all the cheeses, but reserve 1 cup of sharp cheddar. Add the half-and-half, and the eggs to the pot and mix well.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and white pepper.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the casserole dish that you had set aside earlier. Toss the rest of the cheese over top and add the remaining butter as well.
  6. Pop it in the oven and bake it until it starts to bubble up, and you can barely contain yourself from eating it right out of the oven. This should take about 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven.
  8. Serve with a big old cheesy smile!

Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese by Cravings of a Lunatic

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Mushroom and Swiss Mac and Cheese by Cookistry

Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese by Cravings of a Lunatic

Thanks so much for joining us today for this fun event. Be sure to hop around and see all the amazing mac n cheese recipes on the list.

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Would work beautifully with veggie bacon. I like bacon of all kinds. My daughter’s bestie is vegan so we do the vegan bacon often. It’s really good. Would be perfect in a vegan version of this recipe. xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, I’m reading it going “I should likely go on a diet sometime in my life”. But then I think, “nah”. Thanks Amy. xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      If it’s a wrong I broke the rules a lot this week.

      Thanks lady. That glitter spoon is one of my favourites. So cute.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I had only ever had boxed growing up so now it’s a brave new world out there. So much fun. Thanks so much Annamaria. xx

  1. says

    OMG smoked bacon?! That is so good in mac and cheese. You totally have my attention. Again. It’s been so rainy here that some cheesy comfort food is really what I need. Thank you for making this for us!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Me too. I’m such a bacon freak. I always have to make double the amount because I’m stealing it out of the pan as I go.

  2. says

    TEN DIFFERENT CHEESES?! Whoa. I’m not sure I could even list ten different cheeses! Yours looks crazy cheesy even though there aren’t quite SO many as all that!

  3. says

    You’re the first blog that is teasing me with Mac n cheese. You see, I’ve never made it myself… How weird is that? The reason is probably that my husband is not a big cheese fan so I’d have to eat it all myself, but seeing this… You have me drooling early in the morning!! Although the ten cheeses from the original sounds like a bit of overkill… :) I’ll stick to your version!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I never made my own till last year. I always hated the stuff, but I’d only ever had the box stuff. Making your own is a game changer. Easy and delish.

  4. says

    Smoked bacon? Heck ya, sign me up!!! I love the Cappelleti noodles! Seriously, who wouldn’t want bacon and Mac n’Cheese right? Your four different cheeses all together in one happy dish look bloody fantastic:-) Hugs, Terra

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks lady. I loved this mac n cheese. And I love different noodles, they are hard to find here so I scour stores in the city for ones I can’t find locally. xx

  5. says

    Whoa. This sounds incredible! Definitely saving this for later. I’m just about mac-and-cheesed out. 😉 Like you, I also made several versions!

    PS – None of the links after Mountain Mama Cooks work. They all direct us to one of your images. Just so you know. :)

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Erin. I had so much fun doing this event.

      I fixed all the links the first day so I’m not sure why they aren’t working for you. I just checked them again and they’re working for me. I spent a couple of hours fixing links the day we posted because so many weren’t working. Made for a long day.

      • says

        Haha. What?! I swear they weren’t working when I posted my comment! I even checked from two different browsers. CafeTerraBlog’s link had been strikethroughed (if that’s even a word) and they all pointed to an image. Bizarre! Happy it seems to have been a fluke. :) And links not working? I better go through the ones on my post! I remember people not posting on time but I didn’t recall any of them not working (maybe because I’m bad and haven’t gone through them all :( )

        • Kim Beaulieu says

          Do you have broken link checker Erin? Email me for deets if not. It’s an amazing plugin, it notifies you when links are dead. Works awesome. I only know because I had thousands of broken links from a photo incident with G+ (never delete albums if you were ever on blogger, even if you’re not now). So now I check them weekly.

          I run so many group things that I’ve gotten used to clicking through all the links. But it could have been a glitch. If a plugin went wonky or my site got weird it could make it do weird things. I know I had an issue the other day where some of the pin it buttons were interfering with images. It’s never ending. Anyone who says blogger is a hobby and not time consuming is on crack, I swear. It’s a full time job.

          I think all of mine are correct now so just copy mine. Or email me and I’ll send you my html.

          I appreciate the heads up though. How would we ever know there are issues if people don’t speak up. I never mind peeps popping by to tell me stuff. Twice now I’ve had promosimple knock my ads completely off my page. Once for half a day, a very busy day, but luckily a friends notified me so I could fix it as soon as I got home. That was freaking horrible. I think I missed 20K is ad impressions by the time I fixed it. I hate promosimple so very much.


  6. Cindy Chodor says

    Kim, I just found this recipe today and it looks amazingly! I hate to be picky, but I want it to be just right when I make it. Except for the ingredient list, I don’t see any further mention of the bacon! I just wondered if you mixed it into the pasta and cheese and then baked e whole thing, or did you add it on top and bake, or just add it on top after it finished baking? No matter what, bacon can only enrich Mac and cheese, but I want to get it right! Thanks for the recipe and the bacon info!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Hey Cindy, I’ll pop in the post and check that immediately. Thanks for the heads up. The downside of working for yourself is not having an editor to proof read.

      Pop it in before you bake or after. I tend to add half before then save half for sprinkling over top with dishes like this.

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