Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Macaroni and Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Macaroni and Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by colleen10

Makes 8 servings



This is the best, but it's a killer calorie wise. Save for a big cheat day.

Recipe Ingredients for Macaroni and Cheese

16 ounces elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
5 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups grated Gruyere cheese
1 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

Recipe Directions for Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the box. Drain, toss with the olive oil, and set aside in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Add the bacon to a small skillet and sauté over medium heat until brown but not crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels and add to the cooked macaroni.

  3. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk just to a foamy boil, then reduce the heat to very low to keep warm. In another saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. When the foam subsides, remove from the heat. Whisk in the flour and continue stirring until a smooth, pale roux has formed. Return the saucepan to medium heat and, while still whisking steadily, begin ladling the hot milk into the roux, 1 cup at a time, completely incorporating each cup before adding the next.

  4. After all the milk has been added, continue to whisk until the sauce thickens and bubbles gently, about 2 minutes. Add the Parmesan, 2 cups of the Gruyère, and the salt and pepper, and stir until the cheese has completely melted.

  5. Pour the sauce over the macaroni, mix thoroughly, and pour into a buttered 10 x 14-inch gratin dish. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove, sprinkle the remaining cup of Gruyère over the top, and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes, until the top is golden and crunchy.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 295.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
709
Calories from Fat
338
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
37.6g
58%
Saturated Fat
18.0g
90%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
102mg
34%
Sodium
1056mg
44%
Potassium
435mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates
56.1g
19%
Dietary Fiber
1.6g
6%
Sugars
9.3g
Protein
35.1g
Vitamin A 16% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 72% Iron 17%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C+
  Good points
  • High in selenium
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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