Dive in on a dish full of zesty flavours, and experience absolute comfort food heaven. Hints of ham and brine from the bacon lace the base of the macaroni, while sweet and buttery sparks from the Cheddar cover your palate in a smooth finish. A match made in heaven, the clash of texture and senses instantly elevates this dish to a new level. Your guests are guaranteed to fall in love when served some of our amazing Bacon Mac and Cheese.
1. Preheat the oven to 200° C. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente.
2. In a hot saucepan, fry the bacon until it is crisp and golden but not completely crispy. Add a bit of butter, finely chopped shallots and thyme. Fry until the shallots are translucent. Add plain flour and stir until you get a paste. Slowly add chicken stock while stirring. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Top with grated Castello® Aged Havarti and stir until the cheese has melted and you have a nice smooth sauce.
3. Drain the pasta, pour into a coated baking dish and top with the cheese and bacon sauce. Add breadcrumbs and grated extra mature cheddar (50 g). Bake for 25 minutes at 200° C and serve immediately.
When deciding what drink should accompany your mac and cheese, always choose flavours that taste good together, as you would with ingredients, as some wines and beers may suppress the deep and rich flavours from the bacon and cheese. Both wine and beer should seek to compliment the strongest flavours. When choosing your wine, you ultimately decide what you prefer, but the correct wine greatly elevates the overall experience of your meal. Our Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar sits well with the vivid and mild tones of a Pinot Noir, while also being a great pairing with a bold Cabernet Sauvignon. If opting for beer, look for one with mild bitterness and a malty palate, i.e. an English Pale Ale.