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Bacon Mac and Cheese

D'Artagnan | Yield: serves 8
This quick and easy recipe for stovetop mac & cheese with bacon will satisfy adults and kids alike.
Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe | D'Artagnan

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk, at room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon, diced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 cups grated white cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups grated fontina cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • ¼ cup finely chopped scallions

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente; drain and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk, garlic, and thyme to a bare simmer. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat cook the bacon until fat has rendered and bacon is crisp, about 12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of bacon fat and return pot to medium heat.
  4. Remove thyme and garlic from reserved milk mixture and discard.
  5. Sprinkle flour over the bacon fat and whisk to combine. Cook, whisking occasionally until mixture is smooth and flour is golden, about 5 minutes. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Continue to whisk and cook until mixture is smooth and thickened. Stir in dry mustard. Remove from heat. Stir in cheeses a little at a time until fully incorporated. Stir in bacon and scallions. Fold in macaroni. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately.