Bacon and smoked cheddar cheese combine in this recipe to create the ultimate comfort food. You’ll never eat boxed mac and cheese again.
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How to Make Bacon Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese
No processed cheese food product is in this recipe. I’m about being real. Nothing makes amazing mac & cheese like real cheese. My grandmother used to make home baked mac & cheese with real cheese and whole milk. It was AMAZING. Oh, how we used to look forward to her mac & cheese! It was rich, creamy, and has that perfect brown cheesy crusty baked edge that is so good. I think she’d be pleased with my interpretation of her recipe.
In a 9×13 baking pan, add one 1 lb box of macaroni, cooked and 1 lb of thick-sliced bacon, cooked.
How to Make the Cheese Sauce for Bacon Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese
In a 1½ quart pan melt ½ stick of butter over medium heat. Add to the melted butter about 1/3 of one can of evaporated milk. Whisk into the milk and butter about a tablespoon of flour.
Continue whisking the mixture just until it starts to thicken. Then add the rest of one can of evaporated milk and whisk in another tablespoon of flour. Cook until it just starts to thicken.
Then add the remaining two cans of evaporated milk and slowly whisk in the rest of the flour a little at a time until it blends in with no lumps.
When the flour is blended in, add the shredded cheddar cheese (not the smoked cheddar – that is for the top). Cook until thickened, but can be poured. Cook the sauce stirring continuously until the cheese is melted in.
Pour the cheese sauce over the bacon and macaroni that is in the baking pan and mix well.
Top it all with the shredded smoked cheddar cheese and bake it at 375° for about 30 minutes or until everything is bubbly and the cheese on top is melted.
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I hope you enjoy this amazing comfort food! Thank you for reading!
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