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Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Gruyere on a plate

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Gruyere

This macaroni and cheese with bacon and gruyère from @bakerbynature is the perfect side-dish! It's great for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or any night you're craving comfort food!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (1-pound) package DeLallo Shellbows Pasta
  • 1 pound bacon, fried and chopped
  • 4 and 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 and 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces extra sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 6 ounces gruyère cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 3-quart baking dish and set aside until needed.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the salt and shellbows and cook for 6 minutes. The pasta will be very al dente. Pour pasta into prepared baking dish and set aside until needed.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-heat, cook the bacon until crispy on both sides, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel lined plate. Blot any excess oil with a paper towel, then chop into small bits. Set aside.
  4. In a large pan, melt the butter over medium-heat.
  5. Add in the chopped shallots and thyme and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until softened and nearly translucent.
  6. Sprinkle in the flour, and stirring constantly, cook for 1 minute. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly as you add.
  7. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg.
  8. Remove the pan from heat. Immediately stir in the heavy cream, then add the extra sharp white cheddar, gruyère, sharp cheddar. Fold in half of the chopped bacon.
  9. Pour sauce over cooked pasta and stir gently to combine.
  10. In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs and olive oil, mixing well until the bread crumbs are evenly coated in the oil. Sprinkle on top of the macaroni and cheese.
  11. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the top with remaining bacon and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm!

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Gruyere

This macaroni and cheese with bacon and gruyère from @bakerbynature is the perfect side-dish! It's great for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, or any night you're craving comfort food!