Grown up Mac and Cheese Recipe

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place a baking rack on a sheet pan and arrange the bacon in 1 layer on the baking rack. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is crisp. Remove the pan carefully from the oven - there will be hot grease in the pan! Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and crumble when it is cool enough to handle.
  3. Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the macaroni and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan do not let it come to a boil. Melt the butter in a medium pot and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. While whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or 2 more, until thickened and smooth. Take off the heat and add the Gruyere, Cheddar, blue cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and crumbled bacon and stir well. Pour into 2 individual size gratin dishes.
  5. Place the bread slices in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until you have coarse crumbs. Add the basil and pulse to combine. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the top of the pasta. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1300.71 Kcal (5446 kJ)
Calories from fat 627.7 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 69.74g 107%
Cholesterol 176.95mg 59%
Sodium 1310.27mg 55%
Potassium 810.98mg 17%
Total Carbs 108.51g 36%
Sugars 14.06g 56%
Dietary Fiber 6.06g 24%
Protein 58.72g 117%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 19%
Iron 4.7mg 26%
Calcium 1318.4mg 132%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 247.23 Kcal (1035 kJ)
Calories from fat 119.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.26g 107%
Cholesterol 33.63mg 59%
Sodium 249.05mg 55%
Potassium 154.15mg 17%
Total Carbs 20.62g 36%
Sugars 2.67g 56%
Dietary Fiber 1.15g 24%
Protein 11.16g 117%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 19%
Iron 0.9mg 26%
Calcium 250.6mg 132%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 31
  • 35

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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