- 300 g Fusilli pasta
- 150 g bacon (diced)
- 100 g bacon (sliced)
- 2 shallots
- 5 sprigs of thyme
- 25 g butter
- 2 tbsp. plain flour
- 7 dl chicken stock
- 300 g + 50 g Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar
- 3 tbsp. breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper
Bacon Mac and Cheese – The Ultimate Recipe
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.
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® Extra Mature Cheddar and stir until the cheese has melted and you have a nice smooth sauce.
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.
Indulge on the ultimate comfort food with our delicious Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe. Sharp notes of salt from the bacon pack a punch and pairs beautifully with the tangy tartness from the cheese. A perfect blend of smooth and buttery nuances, our Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar takes the lead and makes you want to come back for more. Enjoy it with guests or by yourself, our Bacon Mac and Cheese makes for a special dinner either way.
Deep in flavour, simple in preparation, nothing really couples quite as well as bacon and melted cheese. Adding crispy bacon to your macaroni and cheese makes for a dish worth sharing or saving as leftovers. Laidback and extremely delicious, our Bacon Mac and Cheese is the keystone of a cosy night at home whether you share it or enjoy on your own.
Bursting of flavour
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.
When dealing with a dish such as this, choosing the wrong cheese could result in a fragile or plain taste. Finding a cheese with a noticeable kick and flavour is key to getting the iconic macaroni and cheese taste. When deciding what cheese, you want to add, you should always choose one that compliments the other ingredients. For the best results, we use Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar in our recipe. The tangy aromas and nutty nuances match the kick from the bacon perfectly, while also promoting the iconic macaroni and cheese taste. This matured cheese adds substance and flows in harmony with the bacon, while sprigs of thyme emit beautiful aromas of fresh lemon and mint. During the 17 months of aging, naturally formed salt crystals have broken down the body of the cheese, creating a crumbly texture that dissolves effortlessly.
Opting for homemade macaroni and cheese is the only way to go, and it lets you experiment with the type of bacon you choose. Pork meat can range anywhere from very lean to fatty, and is sold fresh, smoked or aged. All produce different tones and tastes, and it is up to you to decide which one you prefer. Swapping ingredients or adding new ones is also a great way of keeping things fresh. If you want to add something unique to your Bacon Mac and Cheese, try combining it with vegetables or cheeses, i.e. Parmesan, or get inspired by some of our many other macaroni and cheese recipes.