Mac Daddy Mac n' Cheese

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 shallots, peeled
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 pieces bacon, diced, cooked, reserving 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound penne pasta, cooked
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place shallots and garlic in a small aluminum foil pouch and drizzle with olive oil. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from foil and chop. In a large saute pan, reheat reserved bacon fat over medium heat. Add roasted shallot and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add flour and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in heavy cream and thyme. Reduce by a third. Stir in cheeses until melted, creamy and thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and gently stir in pasta. Place in a 9X13 casserole dish. In a small bowl, mix together diced bacon, bread crumbs, butter and parsley. Top Mac n Cheese with Panko mixture and bake uncovered at same heat until bubbling and lightly browned on top, 20 to 25 minutes.


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