Mac 'N Cheese with Bacon and Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr
20 min
40 min

6 to 8 servings

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 or 3 sprigs thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 1/2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Leaves from 1/4 bunch fresh thyme

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until al dente. Drain.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small saucepan heat the milk with the thyme sprigs and 2 garlic cloves. Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to keep lumps from forming. Strain the solids out of the milk and whisk it into the butter and flour mixture. Continue to whisk vigorously, and cook until the mixture is nice and smooth. Stir in the 4 cups of the cheese and continue to cook and stir to melt the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked macaroni and the parsley and fold that all in to coat the macaroni with the cheese mixture. Scrape into a 3-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

While that bakes, heat a saute pan. Add the bacon, render the fat and cook until crispy. Add onion, garlic and thyme leaves and cook for about 5 minutes to soften the onion. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, scatter the bacon mixture over the mac and cheese. Use a big spoon to scoop out servings, making sure you get some of the smoking bacon mixture on each spoonful.

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Seriously amazing! We followed the recipe to a T except for adding wild mushrooms to the onions & garlic. I thought I knew how good Mac & cheese could be but this takes it to a new level! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Mac N Cheese is soooooo bomb!! I didn't use the onion because my wife doesn't like onion. So So So good though!!! Really easy to make as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didnt use the onion, my boyfriend hates onions. Loved this recipe though, to add a bit more flavor i put a few dashes of frank's red hot sauce in it and it was PERFECT :) :) :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only mac n cheese recipe I use. Usually I forgo the bacon and onion topping, but works well with it as well. What I love most about it is it uses only one type of cheese so you don't get bogged down by having to buy fifty different types of cheese for it. Simple and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very delicious and easy to make. I've made it twice and had no trouble or complaints from my husband! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and fast to make! Delish!!! :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Mac and cheese ever!!! Thank you Tyler! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe always use two different cheeses and only use good cheese so it want be greasy the same goes for the bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good and quite simple to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
By far the best Mac n cheese I have ever had. I am not usually a fan of mac n cheese must be the bacon and Thyme! For those of you that are not getting enough flavor unfortunately this recipe does not tell how long to simmer or warm the milk. The flavors need to infuse. I keep mine on med low for at least 15 min. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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