The new mac and cheese

9

PREP TIME

15 min

TOTAL TIME

55 min

Serves

6

The new mac and cheese

Photo, Roberto Caruso.


Ingredients

  • 500 g fiorelli or orecchiette pasta
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 6 slices bacon , cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 2 onions , thinly sliced
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups grated smoked gouda
  • 1 1/2 cups grated white cheddar , divided
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup panko

Instructions

  • COOK pasta in a large pot of boiling water with 1 tbsp salt until tender, 11 to 12 min. Drain and set aside.
  • PREHEAT broiler. Cook bacon in a large pot over medium until crispy, 6 to 8 min. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Add onions and 1/8 tsp salt to same pot. Cook, stirring often, until onions are dark brown, about 12 min. Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions to a plate. Melt butter in same pot over medium-low. Whisk in flour until mixture forms a paste, about 2 min. Gradually whisk in milk. Increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pot, until sauce is slightly thick, 7 to 8 min. Remove from heat. Stir in gouda, 1 cup cheddar and Dijon until cheese is melted. Stir in pasta and half of bacon and onions. Scrape mixture into an 8 x 8-in. baking dish.
  • STIR remaining bacon and onions with 1/2 cup cheddar and panko in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over pasta. Broil in centre of oven until top is golden, 1 to 2 min.

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 773,
  • Protein
  • 33 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 81 g,
  • Fat
  • 35 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 966 mg.
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