Take regular mac and cheese and turn into into a satisfying and hearty meal with this tasty Crunchy Bacon Macaroni and Cheese recipe that will have everyone begging for seconds.
1 500-g pkg PC black label Eliche Pasta
4 slices thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 cup grated PC Aged 2 Year Canadian White Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup grated PC Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup PC black label Panko Japanese-Style Breadcrumbs
PC black label Spiced Tomato Condiment, optional
Preheat broiler. Cook pasta in boiling water, following package directions but omitting salt, until tender, 10 to 12 min. Drain, then return to pot.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high. Add bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp, 4 to 5 min. Transfer bacon to paper-towel-lined plate. Discard fat and wipe with paper towel. Melt butter in same pan over medium. Whisk in flour until mixture turns into a paste, about 30 sec. Gradually add milk and stir constantly until sauce thickens, 4 to 6 more min. Stir in cheddar, mozzarella and salt. Remove from heat and stir until melted. Season with fresh pepper.
Stir in pasta and bacon until combined. Scrape into a 9 x 13-in. baking dish (or for individual servings, 8 ramekins set on a baking sheet). Sprinkle with panko. Broil in centre of oven until top is golden, 2 to 3 min. Serve with spiced tomato condiment.
Protein 40g, Carbohydrates 114g, Fat 36g, Fibre 4g, Sodium 765mg.