Loaded Mac & Cheese
This loaded mac and cheese is stuffed full of flavor, with the onions and bacon swimming through the sauce. This is like a loaded baked potato but in mac and cheese form. The sauce is as creamy as it is delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 12 servings
- 1 lb cavatappi pasta
- 4 tbsp butter or bacon grease
- 4 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 cups whole milk
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup smoked gouda
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 3 tbsp unsalted melted butter for breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup scallions
- 5 strips cooked crispy bacon
- 2 tbsp sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Bring a pot of water to a boil and salt generously
While the water comes up to a boil, cook the bacon in large skillet until crisp.
Remove the bacon and add additional butter if needed to the skillet.
When the butter melts completely, add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
Add the all-purpose flour and cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
Add the milk and whisk to remove any lumps
Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce thickens
While the sauce is thickening cook the macaroni according to packaging instructions.
Once the sauce thickens, turn off the heat and stir in 3/4's of the cheddar and gouda, leaving some behind for later
Season the cheese sauce with salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and melted butter.
When the pasta is almost done cooking, drain it, and add it to the cheese sauce.
Place the macaroni and cheese sauce in a casserole dish and stir in the sour cream. Top it off with the buttered breadcrumbs and remaining cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until nice and crispy.
Add the finely chopped cooked bacon and scallions.
Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 434mg | Iron: 1.2mg