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Bacon and Herbs Mac 'n' Cheese

Photo: James Baigrie; Randy Mon
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4
Fresh herbs, bacon, and a trio of flavorful cheeses - cream cheese, brie, and cheddar - adds sophisticated flavors to traditional macaroni and cheese.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 3 strips bacon (about 2.5 oz.), chopped
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs such as tarragon, parsley, chives, and/or rosemary
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup brie cheese, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 811
  • caloriesfromfat 48 %
  • protein 29 g
  • fat 43 g
  • satfat 25 g
  • carbohydrate 76 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • sodium 746 mg
  • cholesterol 119 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to broil. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.

  2. Meanwhile, fry bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes, then drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tbsp. grease. Set bacon aside.

  3. In the warm pasta pot, mix reserved grease, 2 tbsp. butter, the herbs, onions, garlic, and soft cheeses. Mix in warm pasta and bacon. Spoon into 4 ramekins (1 1/2-cup size); sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tbsp. butter and the bread crumbs, stirring to combine. Sprinkle evenly over cheese.

  5. Broil ramekins until golden and bubbling, about 3 minutes.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.