Dressed-Up Bacon Mac and Cheese

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 55 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6
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Ingredients

Unsalted butter, for greasing

8 ounces macaroni

2 1/2 cups cold milk

4 ounces provolone cheese, coarsely grated

4 ounces aged Asiago cheese, coarsely grated

2 large eggs

2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped

3 slices white sandwich bread, torn into small pieces

3 strips bacon

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart shallow casserole dish. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain; transfer the pasta to the prepared casserole dish along with 1/4 cup of the cold milk. (This will cool the pasta and prevent it from becoming gummy.)
  2. Meanwhile, mix the cheeses together in a small bowl. Beat the eggs with 1/4 cup of the milk in a medium bowl. Add the scallions, bread and half of the cheese to the egg mixture; set aside.
  3. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings from the pan. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until just brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the flour, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add the remaining 1 3/4 cups milk and 3/4 cup water to the skillet. Bring to a boil, whisking until thick. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk to cool slightly. Whisk in the remaining cheese. Add the sauce to the macaroni; stir to combine.
  4. Crumble up the bacon and add it to the egg/bread mixture. Spread evenly over the pasta. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven; let sit 5 minutes before serving.
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