Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Grown Up Mac and Cheese


Last week, I wrote about my LEAST favorite food.  This week, I’m sharing a recipe for one of my favorite meals…Macaroni and Cheese! 

What’s there not to like about macaroni and cheese?  It’s got cheese and it’s got pasta - two of my favorite food groups!  It has been a “go to” food for as long as I can remember.  If I’m desperate, and there is a mac and cheese emergency, I even like the blue box…

untitledBut since I’m not 7, I can also make a mean adult version of macaroni and cheese.  Looking back at my Tasty Tuesday recipes, I can’t believe I’ve never shared a Mac and Cheese recipe before because I’ve got many.  This is my most recent.

Grown Up Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 pound pasta (I used penne), cooked, drained
- 6 slices thick cut bacon, cooked, chopped (I used Applewood from Trader Joe’s)
- 2 boneless/skinless chicken breasts cooked and cut into small pieces (I seasoned them with salt, pepper, and paprika and put them on the grill)
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 4 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
- 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheese, grated or cubed
- 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated or cubed
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste

1.  Prepare pasta, chicken, and bacon and set aside while sauce is prepared
2.  In a medium sized pot melt the butter and then add the shallots.  Cook over medium heat until soften and lightly golden, 10-15 minutes.
3.  Whisk in the flour.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
4.  Whisk in chicken broth and milk.  Raise heat to med-high bringing to a boil, stirring constantly.  Continue stirring until sauce is thick enough to cover the back of a spoon.
5.  Reduce heat to med-low.  Stir in thyme and salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.
6.  Gradually add cheeses to the sauce, stirring until melted.  Remove from heat.
7.  Add bacon, chicken, and pasta to the cheese sauce and mixed together.  Pour mixture into a 10x15 casserole dish. 
8.  Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes until the top is browned.
Serves 6-8 stuff 209

stuff 217 The gourmet cheeses make it very rich so a little plate full is just right.  Enjoy!



  1. Okay, that does look really good. But does it beat the box of Kraft?

  2. OH, I can taste it! I'm dieting and I'm craving some carbs.

    Either way I want some of that NOW!

  3. Holy cow. That looks so fantastic Pumpkin! Should I go to the market and make that for super? I think the boys would be excited!

  4. This dish is truly a US dish. Cauliflower cheese is the version over this side. Or even a broccoli.

  5. @Mark - Ummmm, as I said, in a macaroni and cheese emergency I can do the blue box. Otherwise, this is better.

    @GJ & Becky - yes! Go to the store now, hurry!

    @Vince - Broccoli in lieu of pasta sounds delish. I'm not a cauliflower fan, but I am of broccoli.

  6. You had me at Gryuere (sp?).

  7. I love grown up mac and cheese. This one sounds great.

  8. Now that's a recipe. Beats my hamburger gravy. Visiting from Mama Kat's workshop.

  9. This looks awesome! (But without the meat since I'm a vegetarian.) ;-)
    I love, love homemade mac-n-chz.

  10. Wow, this sounds and LOOKS incredible! Yummers :)

  11. I need to erase this post from my memory. If I ever mention there is a way to make mac and cheese from scratch, expectations will be set high!

  12. Looks so yummy, especially the bacon addition. It's making me hungry...and it's 12:30 AM! LOL! Thanks, also, for stopping by my blog!

  13. OMG that looks heavenly! I like the twist of the bacon...then again nothing parties like a recipe with bacon!

  14. I think I can taste the combination of Gruyere and bacon already. Wooooow.

  15. Looks and sounds delicious!

  16. Mmmmm I've been looking for a good home made mac and cheese recipe.

  17. Mac-n-Cheese is my all time favorite meal so I am def gonna give this a try :)

  18. ok, first of all- your blog name is HILARIOUS. Love Pumpkin Delight!

    Second, this recipe looks like The BOMB! And I haven't used "The Bomb" in a very long time, so you can tell I'm enthused!

    Thanks for sharing!