3 cheese Mac ‘n’ Cheese with smoked Bacon

This is not for the healthy eaters out there, this is packed with cheese, it includes my sun-blush tomatoes which gives it a little sweetness, and smoked bacon because why not!

  • 350g pasta, your choice of pasta shape, cooked al dente
  • 125g smoked bacon, diced small
  • 30g butter
  • 2 tbsp. plain flour
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • pinch of chilli powder
  • 130g mozzarella cheese
  • 130g red leicester cheese, grated
  • 130g cheddar cheese, grated
  • Greek basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp. sun-blushed tomatoes (see my recipe here…sun-blushed tomatoes)
  • Fry the bacon until crisp, remove with a slotted spoon and place onto kitchen paper to drain, set aside.
  • Melt the butter into the bacon fat, then add the flour and cook and stir for a couple of minutes, gently pour in a little of the milk and whisk so it is combined without lumps. Keep whisking and pour in the remaining milk.
  • Keeping it on a simmer, add the chilli, paprika and chilli powder and stir, then add the cheeses. (Keep a handful of each cheese for the topping).
  • Once the sauce has thickened and the cheeses are melted add a good handful of basil leaves and the cooked pasta, mix until it is all combined.
  • Place into an oven dish and then dot over the tomatoes.
  • Add the remaining cheese, sprinkle over more basil leaves then drizzle over a little of the tomato oil.
  • Place under a grill, and cook until the cheese on top is bubbling and browned.
  • Serve.

Enjoy xx

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