Did you get snowed in this past weekend? While it was beautiful weather in my neck of the woods, all of those wintery pics on my Instagram feed had me wishing for cold weather! I remember how nice it was to stay warm and cozy indoors and indulge in a big bowl of comfort food. For me, that means a heaping portion of homemade macaroni and cheese. Toss in some bacon, and I’m in heaven!
I originally tried this recipe way back in 2001 when I received a cookbook at my wedding shower from my Maid of Honor. It’s called Cooking with Friends. Yes, those Friends. As in Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross! My husband has been perfecting this recipe over the years and it’s a hands down favorite in our house. And just like the show, this recipe never, ever gets old!
In addition to being the best form of culinary comfort, this recipe is also perfect for your next party. With the Superbowl just around the corner, make a batch and bake in individual ramekins. Your guests will love it! You can even make it a day in advance and toss it in the oven at game time.
- 1/4 lb of bacon, chopped
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
- A dash of salt
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 lb macaroni elbows
- Chop bacon and cook completely in a pan. Set aside.
- Cook and drain the macaroni. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish and set aside.
- Melt butter in a pot.
- Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes.
- Slowly whisk in milk until smooth.
- Continue cooking over low heat until the sauce thickens to the consistency of cream, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cheddar cheese, salt to taste, and cayenne pepper.
- Stir until the cheese melts.
- Add the cooked bacon to the cheese sauce.
- Add the cooked and drained macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until all of the macaroni is coated.
- Pour into the casserole dish and top with grated parmesan.
- Bake until the cheese is bubbling and the top is golden brown. Approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Serve hot.
- Rice pasta is a great wheat-free alternative.
- Feel free to substitute or add-in your favorite cheese instead of the cheddar, like monterey jack or mozzarella.
- Individual portions can be made by separating mixture into smaller casserole dishes or ramekins.
Are you watching the Superbowl?
Have you ever made your own mac & cheese?