3 cheese bacon mac & cheese

a copycat of some of our favorite local eats come to life…finally!

three cheese bacon mac and cheese

we have a few places that we frequent for dinner and date nights that have some of the best mac and cheese these lips have tasted.

one of them is at a place in solana beach {technically still Del Mar} called Urban Pi. they make a bacon mac that will literally knock your socks right off of you.

 

every time we go, i find myself asking them the secrets of what they do to make it so naughty.

“what cheese is in here?” and “how exactly are you baking this?” and every time i get another little secret and write it down.

 

this last week i was determined to make an attempt to recreate this comfort food from heaven and we decided it was a huge success. though i still love the restaurant version, my husband swears he loves this one better. {code for: please make this daily, sweet wife.}

i think the trick here is in the asiago and the bread crumbs. i love a good thick and creamy mac and cheese but the combo of some sharp white cheddar and the asiago is killer. add bacon and bread crumbs and pop it in the broiler for a few and it’s downright cruel.

so, if and when you are called upon to bring something to a dinner, or wow your inlaws or a family in need of comfort, do remember to try this. it’s pretty darn easy to throw together and so worth the extra few minutes you’ll spend at the store looking for the fancy cheese.

3 cheese bacon mac & cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb macaroni
  • 5 TB butter
  • 4 TB flour
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4oz grated sharp Vermont white cheddar cheese (use more cheddar and less American if it’s mild cheddar)
  • 4oz white American cheese, grated
  • 4 oz asiago cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup asiago cheese, thinly sliced {for top}
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cut in small pieces
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of white pepper
  • 1 cup course bread crumbs

what to do

Boil pasta until just cooked and tender. Drain.


Cook bacon until crispy and cooked through, set aside to drain.


In a microwave safe cup or bowl, microwave on high 5 TB butter with 4 TB flour for 2 minutes, stopping halfway to whisk. Whisk again when the roux is done after the second minute.


Mix 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream together. Pour mixture into the roux very slowly, whisking all the time.


Microwave mixture 1 minute at a time, stirring between minutes until the sauce becomes thick and creamy. (should take between 4 and 6 minutes)


While sauce is hot, add all of the cheese in small handfuls while stirring to melt all cheese into the sauce. If all of the cheese does not melt completely, you can heat the whole mixture up a little bit and keep stirring.


The sauce should be creamy, and have a little bite to it. Feel free to add different cheeses to taste. {but not too much or it will thicken too fast!}


Season sauce with a pinch of white pepper and salt. Mix pasta and sauce together, add in bacon, and transfer to serving dish.


Top with thin slices or shavings of asiago, and a layer of bread crumbs and pop in the broiler for a few minutes until the topping crisps up. Watch it closely so it doesn’t burn. If you want to add even more flavor, mix those bread crumbs with a tiny bit of melted butter so they soak it up, then sprinkle on top before broiling. You will not be sad about this.

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I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

3 comments on 3 cheese bacon mac & cheese

  1. Nicole - Champagne and Chips
    December 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Mac and cheese has recently become a very fashionable thing in Melbourne restaurants and I couldn’t be happier. This looks absolutely superb

  2. G
    December 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm (2 years ago)

    You cooked the pasta twice. Was the second entry supposed to refer to the bacon?

    • Meg
      December 5, 2014 at 10:42 am (2 years ago)

      Woops- LOL! Typo has been fixed. {although, I’m sure making bacon twice wouldn’t hurt…} 😉 Thanks for catching that!