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Macaroni With Farmstead Cheddar and Bacon

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“In ‘Williams-Sonoma: One Pot of the Day’”
READY IN:
1hr 30mins
SERVES:
6
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Butter a shallow 1 ½ quart baking dish.
  2. In a frying pan, melt 1 T butter over med-high heat.
  3. Add the bread crumbs and fry until golden, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate.
  4. In the frying pan, fry the bacon over medium heat until cooked but not crisp, 3-5 minutes.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. In a saucepan, melt the remaining 3 T butter over med-high heat.
  7. Add the flour, ½ t salt, ¼ t black pepper, and the cayenne; whisk until a smooth paste forms,.
  8. Slowly whisk in the hot milk, decrease heat to medium, and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
  9. Add two-thirds of the cheese and stir until melted, about 2 minutes; remove from the heat.
  10. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  11. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  12. Add the macaroni, stir well, and cook until al dente, according to package directions.
  13. Drain, add to the prepared dish, and toss with the bacon.
  14. Pour in the cheese sauce and stir to mix well.
  15. Top with the remaining cheese and then the bread crumbs.
  16. Bake until the sauce is bubbling and the top is golden, about 30 minutes.
  17. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

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