Macaroni ‘n Cheese is a dish that I have serious history with.
Fun fact: when I was five my mom taught me how to make the old Mac n Cheese that came in the infamous blue box. For years I ate a box of that stuff at least once per week. It was my favorite kid food.
Fast forward to today; I’ve all but eliminated highly processed ‘big food’ from our life, with the exception of a guilty pleasure here and there. I’ve graduated to appreciate real, homemade macaroni ‘n cheese. It is absolutely one of my favorite dishes; I make it in larger batches and never waste a spoonful.
The drawback is that Macaroni and Cheese is so addictive and tempting that our health can only afford it as an indulgence. So when Mama Ozzy submitted this recipe I was thrilled for the chance to indulge.
Oh, my, what an indulgent Mac n Cheese this is! Seriously off the hook. You MUST try it!
Dietary Notes: Vegetarians – omit bacon, sub truffles if you can, Non-Pork Eaters – Try a bit of beef pastrami in place of bacon, Gluten Intolerance – sub wheat free noodles
Mamma Ozzy’s Smoked Gouda Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe (Serves 2-4)
Scroll down for family size measurements
|Bacon Panko Topping:
|The Good Stuff:
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Fry bacon in a large skillet until crisp, remove to paper towels to drain. Add panko bread crumbs and 1/4 tsp salt and toast in skillet until golden. Remove from heat and crumble bacon into bread crumbs, toss to combine.
- In a large pot, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Once melted, add garlic and flour, whisk to combine, and cook for 2 minutes until bubbling.
- Add 1 cup milk and whisk to combine, then add remaining 4 cups of milk and cook over medium heat, whisking gently until sauce thickens.
- Add nutmeg, pepper and salt and whisk until well combined. Add grated cheese 1 cup at a time until all cheese is added and sauce is smooth. Remove sauce from heat.
- Prepare elbow macaroni according to package directions and drain thoroughly.
- Add macaroni to cheese sauce and mix to combine. (At this point the mixture will look like cheese soup with a few noodles in it. Do not worry, the pasta will absorb 90% of the liquid while it is in the oven).
- If smaller recipe, pour into 9×9 or equivalent sized pans, bake for 20-25 minutes. If family size, pour into 9×13 baking pan, top with panko crumbs and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 15- 20 minutes before serving.