Four Cheese Macaroni with Bacon Recipe

Bacon makes everything better including homemade macaroni and cheese. This is worth the little bit of extra time instead of using that boxed stuff. You'll never make that mistake again!
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  • 1 box cavatappi (or pasta of choice) (1 lb box)
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 8 slices American Cheese
  • 3 green onions, diced (optional)
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Heat oven to 350°. Coat a 3-quart broiler-safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boiling. Cook pasta 8 minutes in boiling water; drain.

Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat, until crisp, approximately 6 minutes. Transfer to paper towels.

Carefully pour off drippings, leaving 2 tablespoons in pan. Add butter. Whisk in flour until smooth.

In a thin stream, whisk in milk.

Stir in onion flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.

In large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-Jack and mozzarella. Remove milk mixture from heat; whisk in American cheese and 1 1/4 cup of the Cheddar mixture.

Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese.

In pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to broil and broil 3 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly before serving.

Garnish with green onions, if desired.

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"I LOVED this macaroni and cheese. The cheese sauce was creamy and the bacon added that bit of crunch. Definitely won't be making the boxed stuff again!"
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