White Cheddar and Bacon Mac & Cheese

What could possibly be better than creamy mac & cheese with bacon? Nothing!

White Cheddar and Bacon Mac & Cheese


Course Main
Cuisine Northwest
Keyword Oregon State
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 slices bacon 1/4" pieces, cooked until crispy
  • 3-1/2 cups Tillamook 2 year extra sharp white cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and remove from heat.

  2. Make cheese sauce: Melt butter in medium saucepan, then add bacon and flour. Cook for 2 minutes until flour turns golden. Slowly add milk, and simmer until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly.

  3. Remove from heat, stir in 3 cups cheese, setting aside remaining 1/2 cup. Add macaroni and stir until cheese sauce and macaroni are well mixed.

  4. Pour into greased 9 x 9 pan. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bread crumbs. Bake for 12 minutes, until topping is golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Fun Fact: Tillamook makes more than 100,000 pounds of cheese every day!

Adapted from Tillamook

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