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Appetizers and Sides
Feb
15
2019

Bacon Mac and Cheese

Sharing my homemade bacon mac and cheese today! My Bacon Mac and Cheese has pesto and just the right seasonings that all of your guests will love!

bacon mac and cheese

Bacon Mac and Cheese

There’s something so comforting about a big bowl of homemade mac and cheese. This recipe I developed is simple to prepare, thick, cheesy and ultra flavorful. I have fond memories of cooking in the kitchen with my mom and grandmother. We would make homemade mac and cheese together and have fun with different ingredient add-ins. Crispy pieces of bacon throughout, and garnished on top, make this mac and cheese hard to resist. The surprise ingredient is prepared basil which gets stirred in after the cheese sauce has been added to the pasta. This gives the mac and cheese a nice flavor punch and pairs nicely with the bacon. Enjoy!

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Roux

Mac and Cheese Roux

You start with a simple roux. Melt your butter, stir in your flour, salt and pepper then stir in your milk until nice and thick.

bacon mac and cheese

Stir in your cheeses until melted.

bacon mac and cheese

 Excuse me while I dive into the cheese sauce 🙂

bacon mac and cheese

Pour that sauce right into your cooked noodles then add your remaining ingredients.

How To Make Mac and Cheese

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Swirl pan until butter is melted then whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Whisk for 2 minutes, until bubbly and thick.
  3. Slowly whisk in 3 cups milk until well combined. Continue whisking and stirring until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses until melted. Place cooked pasta into a large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour in cheese sauce, stirring to combine. Stir in pesto then add bacon pieces saving 1 cup for garnishing plates. Stir until combined. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve warm. Mac and cheese will set and get thick if not served immediately. To loosen sauce add splashes of additional milk to desired consistency.

bacon mac and cheese

Homemade Bacon Mac and Cheese
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 

This Homemade Bacon Mac and Cheese is creamy and makes the perfect dinner or side dish.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon mac and cheese, bacon mac and cheese recipe, easy mac and cheese, homemade mac and cheese, homemade macaroni and cheese, how to make mac and cheese, mac and cheese, mac and cheese recipe, mac and cheese roux
Servings: 10
Calories: 800 kcal
Author: Jenny
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups whole milk plus 1 cup divided
  • 1 cup mild shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces prepared pesto
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked bacon crumbled
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Swirl pan until butter is melted then whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Whisk for 2 minutes, until bubbly and thick.
  3. Slowly whisk in 3 cups milk until well combined. Continue whisking and stirring until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses until melted. Place cooked pasta into a large dutch oven or pot over low heat. Pour in cheese sauce, stirring to combine. Stir in pesto then add bacon pieces saving 1 cup for garnishing plates. Stir until combined. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve warm. Mac and cheese will set and get thick if not served immediately. To loosen sauce add splashes of additional milk to desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Bacon Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 800 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 119mg40%
Sodium 1672mg73%
Potassium 568mg16%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 1052IU21%
Calcium 309mg31%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1
    Tieghan says:

    Jenny, this looks incredible! That cheese sauce look perfectly cheesy and smooth. What a great dish for entertain big crowds or just the family dinner!

  2. 2

    That looks incredibly delicious! I love the combo of bacon and pesto.

  3. 3

    I was planning mac & cheese for dinner, but you just gave me the best idea for jazzing it up. Thanks Jenny!

  4. 4

    I would take a bath in that cheese sauce.

  5. 5

    I want both. For breakfast!!!

  6. 6

    There is little that comforts my soul like a big bowl of mac and cheese…especially if it includes bacon. Love this Jenny!

  7. 7

    You mac and cheese sauce always makes me swoon, Jenny!

  8. 8

    Now that is how to do mac n cheese!

  9. 9

    Oh my gosh… LOVE this. Your photos are beautiful.. Pesto on mac and cheese? Genius.
    ..and thank you for sharing the ebook! Have a lovely weekend..

  10. 10

    Holy cow! Wow mama! Mickey D’s could take a lesson from you on how to make a REAL Egg Mc you know what!

  11. 11
  12. 12

    That shot of the cheese sauce has got to be illegal in some states… woah.

  13. 13

    wow, i just want to faceplant into that cheese sauce!! this looks awesome!

  14. 14

    So many glorious things going on here

  15. 15

    Those pouring cheese sauce shots have me feeling whoozy!

  16. 16
    Gaby says:

    I could just dive right in! Such cheesy goodness!

  17. 17

    Look at this glorious cheesy dish! I just want a big plateful!

  18. 18
    Ambar says:

    Lately I’ve been craving mac and cheese. But not just regular mac and cheese, something with a twist! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. 19
    Kristi says:

    I can never get my sauce to thicken up like yours look. It looks so good!

  20. 20

    […] Potato & Maple Sausage Breakfast Skillet, to Lauren’s biscuits and gravy, Jenny’s Bacon Pesto Mac & Cheese, and so many […]

  21. 21
    marla says:

    LOVE this mac n cheese!

  22. 22
    Kayla says:

    Did anyone try the mac & cheese recipe? My cheese sauce ended up rather tasteless and doughy. Was the flour typed up wrong? I feel like there is too much.


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