Mac and Cheese
…with crispy bacon, cheddar, parmigiano and mozzarella cheese
Servings Prep Time
10servings 20minutes
Cook Time
50minutes
Servings Prep Time
10servings 20minutes
Cook Time
50minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
Preparing the bacon
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 celsius degrees or 400 fahrenheit degrees
  2. Slice the bacon if it isn’t already sliced
  3. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and lay down the bacon slices with enough space between them
  4. Bake the bacon on the lowest rack in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until they *just start* to crisp
  5. Take the bacon slices out of the oven and dry them on paper towels, then chop to bite size pieces and set aside
Boiling the pasta
  1. In a tall pot boil enough water to cover the pasta (let’s say 2 liters / 2 quarts). Add *at least* one half of a tablespoon of salt in the water
  2. Add the pasta and boil for 5 minutes
  3. Keep 1 cup of pasta water just in case, then drain and rinse the pasta with cold water without tossing it too much (just let the pasta stay in cold water for a while then drain again). Set aside and move on with the next section:
Cooking the cheese sauce
  1. Chop the spices (rosemary, thyme and basil) and mince the garlic; you may also ground the pepper in a small bowl – we’ll use them soon!
  2. In a large pan melt the butter over medium heat until it starts to sizzle and foam
  3. Add the flour and whisk hard until smooth and all lumps are gone
  4. Let it cook for about one minute or more, add one cup of half and half and continue to whisk until smooth
  5. Slowly add the rest of the half and half while whisking
  6. Then add the rosemary, thyme and salt, the black pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and garlic and mix well in the cheese sauce
  7. Taste the Mac and Cheese sauce (carefully! it is hot!) and adjust the seasoning as needed
  8. Increase the heat to medium-high and simmer the sauce whisking continuously until it thickens enough to form a layer of sauce on the spoon when tested
  9. Shred in the Parmigiano-Reggiano and Cheddar cheeses and stir lightly until is melted and smooth
Assembling the Mac and Cheese
  1. Combine the hot sauce with the boiled & chilled pasta in a large bowl and fold gently until all pasta are well coated with sauce. If the mixture is too thick add a little pasta water saved before
  2. Add in the basil and the green onion and stop folding
  3. Lightly grease a large enough baking tray and pour in half of the Mac and Cheese mixture
  4. Grate half of the mozzarella cheese evenly over the mixture and pour in the rest of the Mac and Cheese mixture
  5. Grate the rest of the mozzarella evenly on top and sprinkle the bacon on top of the Mac and Cheese mixture in the tray
Baking the Mac and Cheese
  1. Bake the Mac and Cheese in the oven for 30 minutes at 200 celsius degrees / 400 fahrenheit degrees
  2. When it is golden-brown on top and bubbling all over take the Mac and Cheese out of the oven and *let it cool for at least 10 minutes*