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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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

  • 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.

Reviews (4)

106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 41
  • 2 star values: 20
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: Unrated
05/26/2014
can i prepare this in advance and then broil it with the breadcrumbs in the last minute?
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2014
This was very good. My family said it was the best macaroni and cheese they have tasted and I have made many different recipes. The combination of cheeses was spot on.
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2013
Very disappointing. After spending so much time shopping and preparing, it tasted like paste. I think if I could serve it over biscuits it might be edible.
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Rating: Unrated
09/30/2013
The very best you'll ever eat ! Worth the time and effort.