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Carla Hall and Sam Champion's Mac & Cheese

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Comfort yourself with this deliciously cheesy dish.
skill level
Easy
time
1-30min
servings
4
cost
$
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Carla knows comfort food and this dish is one of her favorites. So, cozy up with a dish of this crowd-pleaser.

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ingredients
  • 1 lb Elbow Macaroni
  • 6 strips Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Caramelized Onions
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese grated
  • 1 cup White Cheddar grated
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Parsley to garnish
kitchenware
step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    1 lb Elbow Macaroni
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes.  Drain.
  • 2
    6 strips Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
    3 tbsp Flour
    2 tablespoon Butter
    1 1/2 cups Milk
    1 cup Caramelized Onions
    1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese grated
    1 cup White Cheddar grated
    4 oz Cream Cheese
    In a saucepan cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon, reserve drippings in saucepan. Add and melt 2 tablespoons butter in same saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until smooth. Whisk in the milk, and stir until thick, about 2 minutes. This combination of a flour and a fat is called a roux.  Also, Carla says if you want a healthier version use skim milk.  Whisk in the cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, then whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. The cream cheese keeps the pasta moist.  Stir in caramelized onions, bacon and pasta. 
  • 3
    2 cups Breadcrumbs
    2 cloves Garlic (minced)
    1 tbsp Butter
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    In a skillet over medium heat, combine all ingredients for breadcrumbs. Allow to toast. 
  • 4
    1/2 cup Chopped Parsley to garnish
    Serve into bowls top with breadcrumbs and crumbled bacon. Sprinkle with Parsley.
 
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