Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

Crisp bacon and Gouda instantly infuse the classic comfort-food dish with rich, smoky flavor. The best part? Everything is made in one pot. Try our four delicious variations next: Classic Mac, Mushroom-Fontina Mac, Jalapeno Mac, and Primavera Mac.


  • 8 slices bacon

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan

  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 6 cups 2-percent milk

  • ¾ pound elbow macaroni

  • 3 cups grated Gouda

  • 1 cup grated Gruyere

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet and crumble (discard bacon fat).

  2. Heat broiler. In a large straight-sided, oven-safe skillet, melt butter. Remove 1 tablespoon butter and combine with breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

  3. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Very gradually whisk in milk and bring to a simmer. Add macaroni and cook, stirring constantly and scraping bottom of pan, until tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in remaining cheese and the bacon and mustard, and season with salt and pepper. Top with breadcrumb mixture and broil until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.

    Bryan Gardner
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