- ¼ lb Baconthick slices, diced (about 4 slices)
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 2 Leekmedium , cut into 1/2-inch rounds (about 1 cup)
- 16 oz package Pastacavatappi, uncooked
- 1 ½ tbsp Butterunsalted
- 1 ½ tbsp All-purpose flour
- 1 cup Milkwarmed
- ½ tsp Mustard powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Black pepperground
- 1 pinch Red pepperground
- 1 cup Cheddar cheesefreshly grated , divided
- 1 Egg yolks
- ½ cup Gruyère cheesefreshly grated
- 2 tbsp Heavy cream
- ¼ cup Breadcrumbstoasted soft, fresh
Southern Mac and Cheese
This Southern Mac and Cheese is a decadent take on a classic dish. I add crispy fried bacon and leeks to this cheesy dish to elevate it from great to absolutely amazing! Mac and Cheese is one of my favorite comfort foods. I love to make it in advance and when I get home from a day’s activities, I bake it in the oven and enjoy!
To make this I start by frying bacon in some olive oil. Then I cook some leeks slightly in a large pot of boiling water. I make a velvet smooth cheese sauce from flour, milk, dry mustard and cheese. Assemble the mac and cheese bake by mixing the pasta, cheese sauce, bacon and leek together in an ovenproof dish and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Yum!
To make Southern Mac and Cheese, you will need the following ingredients:
So, how to make Southern Mac and Cheese?
Steps to make Southern Mac and Cheese
Heat the oven
Preheat the oven to 375 °F.
Cook the bacon
Melt the butter
Make the cheese sauce
Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Cook while whisking constantly for two minutes. It should turn a golden brown color. Whisk in the milk gradually and continue to cook while whisking constantly until the sauce thickens. Whisk in dry mustard, salt, black and red pepper and ½ cup of cheese. Stir constantly until the cheese melts.
Remove from heat
Mix together pasta, sauce, bacon, leek and egg yolk
Place in a baking dish