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Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups hot whole milk
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups Borden® Cheese Sharp Cheddar Thick Cut Shreds
  • 1/2 cup Borden® Cheese Parmesan Shreds
  • 1/4 lb. bacon, cooked and crisped, fat reserved
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Recipe Directions

  1. PREHEAT oven to 425o F (175oC).
  2. COOK pasta until al dente in a pot of boiling salted water; drain.
  3. MELT the butter in an extra large oven-proof skillet set over medium-high heat.
  4. WHISK in the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, about 2 minutes.
  5. ADD 3 cups of the hot milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. BRING the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  7. STIR in the dry mustard and cayenne pepper, and then gradually add the Borden® Sharp Cheddar Thick Cut Shreds, stirring constantly until all of the cheese has melted into the sauce.
  8. STIR in the remaining 1 cup milk.
  9. ADD the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. COAT the bread crumbs with reserved bacon fat and sprinkle the mixture over the top of the skillet. Sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup Borden® Cheese Parmesan Shreds. BAKE until the top is browned and the sauce is bubbling, 10 to 12 minutes.
  11. TOP with crumbled cooked bacon. Garnish with parsley and let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Credit to Chef Kelsey Nixon for this recipe.
Credit to @caitlacoop for the accompanying image.