This Three Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese is loaded up with crispy baked bacon and three different kinds of cheese, it's to die for!
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Three Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese

This Three Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese is loaded up with crispy baked bacon and three different kinds of cheese, it's to die for!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon mac and cheese
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 694kcal
Author: Rebecca Hubbell

Ingredients

Pasta:

  • 8 strips thick-cut bacon cooked and chopped
  • 16 ounces Cavatappi pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Topping:

  • 1/2-3/4 cup Parmesan Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place two cooling racks on top of a jelly pan and lay the bacon out on it, the bacon can be touching to start, it will shrink up during cooking, and bake bacon for 15 - 18 minutes. Once bacon finishes cooking, transport it to a paper towel-lined plate to rest.
  • Turn oven down to 350 degrees F.
  • Bring water to a boil in a large pan, making sure to salt it. Once boiling, add in pasta and cook until Al dente.
  • While pasta and bacon are cooking, add butter and heavy cream to a medium saucepan. Once butter has melted, whisk in flour and seasonings and allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Whisk in 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and the other cheeses one at a time until completely melted, continue to simmer for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Once pasta had finished cooking and has been drained, put it back in the pan and then pour cheese sauce over it.
  • Chop up bacon and transfer to the pan and stir it in and transfer mac n cheese to a medium-sized casserole dish.
  • Add breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons of butter to a medium skillet and toast until breadcrumbs are golden brown. Remove from heat and add the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top of the mac and cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy warm.

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Nutrition

Calories: 694kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 913mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1215IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 1.5mg