Smoked Bacon Macaroni and Cheese is 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!
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I’m a serious sucker for all things BACON! I cannot get enough of it. I keep packs of it in my freezer at all times. If you love bacon this recipe is perfect for you!
I also happen to be crazy about cheesy recipes! If you love melty cheese recipes this smoked bacon mac and cheese recipe is absolutely perfect 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.
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. I’m cool like that.
Needless to say, our freezer is well stocked with pasta right now. The perks of getting carried away. Mac and cheese freezes perfectly. Just add extra butter when reheating it!
Another tip for reheating macaroni and cheese is to do it in the oven. I hate microwaving leftover mac and cheese. It tastes better when it’s reheated in the oven, in my humble opinion.
Hope you love this version. It’s my favourite. What can I say, I’m a bacon lover!!
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Smoked Bacon Macaroni and Cheese is 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!
- 1 lb package of dried noodles
- 9 tablespoons butter divided
- 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
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove from skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels to help drain off any excess fat. Pat bacon dry. Cut into pieces. Set aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
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.
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.
Sprinkle with salt and white pepper.
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.
Place 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.
Remove from oven. Sprinkle the chopped bacon over top.
Serve with a big old cheesy smile!
Recipe adapted slightly from Patti LaBelle's Over the Rainbow Mac n Cheese
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