EZ Cooking Episode 2 Side Dish

Episode 2 -Side Dish

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese with Parmesan Crust


500g macaroni, or pasta
8 oz bacon, diced
6 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup onion, small diced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/3 cup all purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
7 oz kraft, three cheddar mix, shredded
8 oz kraft, sharp cheddar, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon smoked paprika


Preheat oven to 350'F Boil macaroni according box instructions for one minute less than the recommended time for  "al dente", strain and allow to cool. In a large pot, add bacon and cook on a low heat until crispy. Remove from pan and allow to drain on a paper towel. Drain bacon fat from pan and add butter and onions over medium heat and saute for 3-5 minutes or until translucent, add garlic and stir, allowing to become fragrant (1 minute). Add flour and whisk together with butter & onions and allow to cook for 30 seconds while whisking. Add milk and cream, slowly while whisking vigorously. Allow to gently simmer and bubble until thickened (about 3 minutes). Add cheddar cheeses and whisk until melted in and smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and mix in cooked pasta. Transfer to a (9"x13") dish. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter and combine with panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese to form the crust. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the dish. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. 
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