Grown Up Mac and Cheese (Ina Garten) 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 1321.25 Kcal (5532 kJ)
Calories from fat 691.55 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 76.84g 118%
Cholesterol 203.31mg 68%
Sodium 1533.64mg 64%
Potassium 775.42mg 16%
Total Carbs 96.19g 32%
Sugars 12.66g 51%
Dietary Fiber 3.54g 14%
Protein 59.04g 118%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 1%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 3.3mg 19%
Calcium 1134.6mg 113%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 265.25 Kcal (1111 kJ)
Calories from fat 138.84 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.43g 118%
Cholesterol 40.82mg 68%
Sodium 307.89mg 64%
Potassium 155.67mg 16%
Total Carbs 19.31g 32%
Sugars 2.54g 51%
Dietary Fiber 0.71g 14%
Protein 11.85g 118%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 19%
Calcium 227.8mg 113%

* 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

  • 32.1
  • 35

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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