Double-B Mac and Cheese
 
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Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: serves 5 - 6
Ingredients
  • 7 oz. (200 g) macaroni
  • 6 slices bacon – cut into strips
  • 1 onion – sliced
  • 8 stalks broccolini – washed and cut into small pieces
  • Cheese sauce:
  • 3 cups milk – warmed
  • ¼ cup (25 g) sharp white cheddar – grated
  • ⅛ cup (15 g) gruyere cheese – grated (if unavailable, substitute with parmesan cheese)
  • 3 tbsp (45 g) butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Dash of black / white pepper
  • Optional:
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vegetable or chicken powder
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, cook your bacon under low heat till brown and crispy. Drain and set aside.
  2. Using the same pan, cook the onions till softened and lightly browned. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large pot filled with ¾ water, bring to boil and add in about 2 tsp salt.
  4. Add in macaroni and cook at high heat.
  5. Remove and drain them 1 – 2 mins less than the actual cooking time (please see cooking time on the package). They need to be cooked further in the cheese sauce.
  6. Using the same pot, blanch the broccolini in for 2 mins. Drain and set aside.
  7. Melt the butter in a large pan and and add in flour.
  8. Stir and cook the flour for 1 min under low heat.
  9. Turn off heat and slowly add in warm milk, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. The mixture will thicken.
  10. Turn on heat again and add in salt, optional ingredients (if using) and cheeses. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Your cheese sauce is done.
  11. Stir in macaroni, bacon, onions and broccolini, toss well. Serve hot.
  12. If you want to bake them in the oven, put desired amount of mac and cheese into an oven safe bowl and top with bread crumb and mozzarella / parmesan cheese. Bake at 200°C/400°F for 10 mins, until the golden brown. Allow it to cool for 5 mins before serving.
Recipe by Bear Naked Food at https://www.bearnakedfood.com/2015/09/18/double-b-mac-and-cheese/