Fancy Macaroni

I usually try to eat with the season but every once in a while a craving hits that can’t be ignored in this case, cheese and lots of it. The only thing that would chase away this craving was a Mac and cheese I saw in one of my favorite blog, the Pioneer Woman‘s to be precise. If you want over the top comfort food of the rich and creamy kind, she has the recipes to satisfy.
So with 25 degree weather yesterday, I proceeded to make her Fancy Macaroni and oh boy was it good… I made few changes to the recipe. I doubled it, added more bacon, used mozzarella instead of Fontina cheese and pepper goat cheese instead of plain. The only change I would make next time would be to make the bechamel a little looser, for now we’ll need to add milk to reheat.

 Fancy Macaroni

  • 4 cups Macaroni
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 whole Medium Onions, Cut In Half And Sliced Thin
  • 10 slices Regular Bacon
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease (reserved From Bacon Slices)
  • ¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Or 2% Milk
  • ½ cups Half & Half
  • 2 whole Egg Yolks, Beaten
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • ½ cups Grated Gruyere Cheese
  • ½ cups Grated Fontina Cheese
  • ½ cups Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 4 ounces, weight Chevre (soft Goat Cheese)
Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook macaroni for half the time of the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Fry bacon until slightly, but not overly, crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Reserve grease.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet and saute onions over medium-low heat for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown and soft. Set aside.

In a pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for 1 minute. Pour in milk and half & half, then cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick. Reduce heat to low. Add salt & pepper to taste. (Do not undersalt!)

Beat egg yolks and drizzle 1/4 cup hot mixture into the yolks, stirring constantly. Stir to combine. Pour egg mixture into sauce and cook for another minute.

Add cheeses and stir until melted. Add 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 and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until sizzling and hot. Serve with red meat or a green salad.

Honey’s tip: use a smoked salt to season once plated.


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