Bring out the cheesy flavors with this Five Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe. The smoky bacon flavor in this bacon mac and cheese recipe always pleases.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 8 servings
12 oz. elbow macaroni, uncooked
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
4 Tbsp. butter, divided
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup milk
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 oz. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
2 oz. KRAFT Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
2 oz. KRAFT Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
3 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
season to taste
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Let's Make It
Preheat the oven to 350. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions; omitting salt. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook 2-3 minutes, or until slightly golden and bubbly.
Slowly add the milk, followed by the half and half, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Let the mixture bubble and thicken, then slowly add the chicken broth while continuing to whisk. Let cook 3-5 minutes, until thickened. Stir in the pepper, and cream cheese, and cook until the cream cheese has melted.
Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar, colby jack, mozzarella, and 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese. Whisk until the cheese has melted. Stir the cooked pasta into the cheese sauce, then add the crumbled bacon, reserving about two tablespoons. Spoon the pasta mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish.
Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a small bowl, and whisk together the melted butter, bread crumbs, and remaining 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the pasta, and top with the remaining bacon pieces.
Bake 15 minutes, or until the bread crumbs are toasted and the cheese sauce is bubbly. Serve hot.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.