I might be lactose free but I could never resist cheese! Mac n cheese is a favorite of mine and I actually do love making it at home! I chose the cheese’s and my boyfriend chose the noodles. This dish is nutty, a lil smokey, and of course you gotta have cheddar in a mac n cheese dish! I also added bacon because, well, who doesn’t like bacon? And that smokey ingredient works amazingly in mac n cheese.
Ingredients: 1/4 cup flour, 2 Tbsp butter, 1 box noodles (your choice), 5 oz gouda, 5 oz sharp cheddar, 5 oz romano cheese, 4 cups milk, 1 package bacon, 3 Tbsp melted butter, 1 cup panko crumbs, 2 Tbsp marjoram, 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp franks red hot, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste.
First fry up the bacon until crispy. tare apart into bit size pieces.
Next boil the pasta of your choice. Drain and let cool.
In a medium sauce pan melt down 2 Tbsp butter and mix in the 1/4 cup of flour. Cook for about 5 minutes then add the milk. Let cook for half an hour on medium low heat. Next sprinkle in the cheese’s. Once the sauce is smooth add in the worcestershire sauce, franks red hot, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Let cook another 10 minutes.
In a small bowl mix together the other 3 Tbsp of melted butter with the panko bread crumbs and marjoram.
In a baking 8×8 pan or a large caste iron, mix together the noodles and bacon. Pour over the cheese sauce and top with the buttered panko crumbs. Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until top of bread crumbs is golden brown.
Let cool for 2 minutes and serve!
It’s been a long time since I made homemade mac n cheese and I have to say I do miss it. My boyfriend also loves when I make food like this because then he gets all the leftovers for lunch the next couple of days.