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The Ultimate Mac and Cheese

The Ultimate Mac and Cheese – smothered in 4 kinds of cheeses and bacon.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked macaroni and cheese, mac and cheese
Servings: 6
Calories: 454kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped in very small pieces
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 egg yolk beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup gruyere cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano cheese grated
  • 2 oz goat cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  • Cook macaroni according to the package instructions, for half the time.Drain and set aside.
  • In a skillet fry the bacon and keep half of the oil from it.
  • Saute onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 12 minutes in the oil left over from the bacon, or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • In a pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for 1 minute. Pour in milk, then cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick. Reduce heat to low. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  • Beat the egg yolk and drizzle 1/4 cup hot mixture into the beaten yolk, stirring constantly. Stir to combine. Pour egg mixture into sauce and cook for another minute.
  • Add cheeses and stir until melted. Add 3/4 of the onions and bacon and stir. Taste for seasonings and add more salt if needed. Add cooked macaroni and stir to coat.
  • Pour into a baking dish, top with remaining onion and bacon and bake for 25 minutes or until sizzling and hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 1mg