Cooking with Chef Lauren- Homemade Bacon Mac and Cheese

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This week Chef Lauren whipped up some homemade mac & cheese for her snowy day home.

A snow day is a perfect day to stay inside and make some homemade mac and cheese for you and your friends! Instead of taking box mac and cheese made with artificial cheese, here is an alternate, more natural recipe.

To make bacon mac and cheese all you need are

  • 2-3 cups of pasta
  • 4 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp of pepper
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 a package of bacon.

To prep, have all seasonings measured and in one bowl and have everything measured out such as the shredded cheese and necessary liquids.

So to start you need to cook the pasta.  It doesn’t necessarily need to be macaroni noodles; it can be any type of noodle.

Next, take a separate pan and cook bacon to desired crunchiness.  Once the bacon is done, drain the fat and set the bacon aside. In the same pan melt the butter.  Once the butter is melted, add flour and whisk until smooth. Pour in water and keep whisking. Add milk and whisk again. Mix in the pasta and seasonings.

Once that is mixed in add the cheese, stirring occasionally. When the cheese is melted, chop up the bacon into thin pieces and mix it into the mac and cheese.

Now every time you crave mac and cheese, you can make it fresh and homemade, adding anything you would like such as substituting the bacon for broccoli for even a healthier dish!