Lately I have been addicted to Pinterest and have been trying lots of new recipes. I think my hubby is getting spoiled, because the recipes I have been trying have been so good. This one we made tonight was exceptionally good and I want to share with you all.
Baked White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Kale and Bacon
YIELD: serves 8
PREP TIME: 5 – 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 35 – 45 minutes
1 lb. macaroni
3 tablespoon butter
1/2 of a purple onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
3 cups whole milk
8 ounces sharp white cheddar, grated
1 ounce parmesan, finely grated
dash cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, or according to personal preference
6 ounces center cut bacon or pancetta, cooked and crumbled
3 1/2 ounces fresh kale, chopped (about a half a bunch)
Cook pasta one to two minutes less than package instructions. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, cut the bacon pieces in half vertically, then into small bite sized pieces. Cook until crispy. Then drain, and set aside.
In a large French or Dutch oven, melt the butter. Saute the onion for 3 – 5 minutes over medium heat, or until tender and golden. Add the garlic and saute and additional minute or two, until fragrant. Whisk in the flour and cook over medium heat till golden. Slowly whisk in the milk while cooking over medium heat.
Stir in the sharp white cheddar and parmesan cheese, whisking until melted and creamy. Add the nutmeg, cayenne, black pepper, and salt (if desired). Bring to a slow simmer, and then stir in the pasta, bacon, and kale.
Transfer the pasta mixture to a 3 1/2 quart oven safe casserole dish or cast iron pan. Bake at 375 degrees F on the center rack in the oven for 10-20 minutes, or until the mixture is hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.
Have you made anything from Pinterest? What’s your favorite recipe?