Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese is extremely cozy, comforting and flavorful! Cooked pasta in a simple two-cheese sauce is combined with tender broccoli florets and chopped cooked bacon.
Course Side Dishes
Keyword bacon, homemade macaroni and cheese, Mac and cheese, side dish
Prep Time 35mins
Cook Time 15mins
Author Laurie McNamara
olive oil spray
6 to 7ouncessmall broccoli florets
5stripscenter cut bacon
10ouncesdried short pastalike pipette or elbow
1/4cupunbleached all-purpose flour
1/2teaspoondry ground mustard
1/8teaspoonground black pepper
1/2teaspoonkosher saltor to taste
Preheat oven to 325° and lightly spray a medium casserole dish.
Bring a 10 or 12-inch skillet of water to a boil, add florets and cook 3 mintues. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the broccoli to an ice bath and set a timer for 3 minutes. Then transfer to paper towel (or clean kitchen towel) lined pan. Set aside.
Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Once boiling, add pasta and cook according to package directions.
In a 10-inch skillet, arrange bacon and cook until crispy. Transfer bacon to a cutting board to cool, then finely chop.
To the bacon fat (see notes) add butter. Once melted, stir in flour and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk while pouring in milk. Simmer until slightly thick and creamy. About 6 minutes.
Reduce heat to low and season the cream sauce with ground mustard, white pepper, nutmeg and freshly ground black pepper. Whisk to incorporate.
Add half of the grated cheddar and fontina to the cheese sauce. Continue to whisk until smooth. Taste and season with kosher salt, more or less to taste.
To the cheese sauce, add the blanched broccoli and 3/4 of the chopped bacon. Stir to combine and transfer to prepared pan. Sprinkle with the last of the cheeses and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Use oven mitts to carefully remove. Move the oven rack to the highest position and turn on the broiler. Slide the mac and cheee under the broiler for 2 minutes or until the top is golden.
Sprinkle with remaining bacon and serve immediately.
I based this recipe using center cut bacon which has less fat than regular bacon. If using regular bacon, you will need to drain off excess fat.