baked mac and cheese ( w/ grilled onions and bacon)

For many people, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. This “grown up” version is filled with bacon, onions, and packs a whole lot of flavor. This recipe would make a perfect side dish during the holidays, or can be eaten as your main entree.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of your favorite pasta (penne, elbows, etc)
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup velveeta
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • *optional: pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta as directed, drain and set aside. While pasta is cooking, fry bacon, crumble and set aside, saving half of the remaining grease in pan.
  2. To the pan with remaining bacon grease, add onions and cook on med-low heat until soft, add minced garlic and cook additional 3 minutes.
  3. To a large saucepan, add butter, mustard powder, cheddar cheese, velveeta, whipping cream, and milk and whisk until cheese is melted (you can add milk by the 1/8 cup if sauce is too thick).
  4. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir. Add onions, parsley, salt and pepper, optional pepper flakes and half of the crumbled bacon. Pour into a large, greased casserole dish. Top the mixture with parmesan cheese and the remaining crumbled bacon.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until edges are bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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