Here is another Easter Favorite…Three Cheese Mac and Cheese! Yummy, mouthwatering Three Cheese Mac and Cheese is my family’s all time favorite. I only make mac and cheese during the holidays or for special events because it is really fattening, but on these occasions I give myself a pass and throw down on my Three Cheese Mac and Cheese, like I ain’t never had it before! LOL! I consider myself a very good home cook and I’m not shy to let you know that this recipe is awesome. So, if you need a great kick-ass mac and cheese recipe, don’t look any further. This three-cheese baked macaroni is sure to be a hit and is an easy dish to make ahead at any time of year.
It’s okay to indulge yourself for the holidays!
Ali in the Valley
Three Cheese Mac and Cheese...
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Alison Ball
8 ounces elbow macaroni
3 ounces bacon about 3 strips, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon salt plus more for the pasta water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese grated (about 11/2 cups)
2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese grated (about 1/2 cup)
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
Prep time: 8 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Inactive time: 10 minutes Total: 38 minutes
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until just tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, heat a small sauté pan over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Drain the fat from the bacon-garlic mixture, and transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.
Add the drained macaroni to the bacon mixture, and stir to combine.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and evaporated milk together. Add the 1 /2 teaspoon salt, cayenne, nutmeg, and grated cheeses, and mix well. Add the macaroni-bacon mixture, and stir well to blend.
Transfer the macaroni to an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish or gratin dish of similar size. Using a spoon, gently spread the mixture to form an even layer. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Remove the macaroni and cheese from the oven and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.