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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3 cheese Mac 'n' Cheese with smoked Bacon

by Lulu Lemon and Lace

Ingredients:

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)

Method:

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.

Keep 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 is thickened and the cheeses are melted add a good handful of basil leaves then the cooked pasta, mix until it is all combined.

Place into an oven dish and then dot over some of the tomatoes.

Add the remaining cheese, sprinkle over more basil leaves then drizzle over s little of the tomato oil.

Place under a grill, and cook until the cheese on top is bubbling and browned.

Serve.

Lulu xxx

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