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, but don't boil it. 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. Off the heat, 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 650.35 Kcal (2723 kJ)
Calories from fat 313.85 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34.87g 54%
Cholesterol 88.47mg 29%
Sodium 655.13mg 27%
Potassium 405.49mg 9%
Total Carbs 54.25g 18%
Sugars 7.03g 28%
Dietary Fiber 3.03g 12%
Protein 29.36g 59%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 9%
Iron 2.4mg 13%
Calcium 659.2mg 66%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 247.23 Kcal (1035 kJ)
Calories from fat 119.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.26g 54%
Cholesterol 33.63mg 29%
Sodium 249.05mg 27%
Potassium 154.15mg 9%
Total Carbs 20.62g 18%
Sugars 2.67g 28%
Dietary Fiber 1.15g 12%
Protein 11.16g 59%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 9%
Iron 0.9mg 13%
Calcium 250.6mg 66%

* 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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Weightwatchers Points

  • 15.3
  • 17

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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