Bacon and Herbs Mac 'n' Cheese

Photo: James Baigrie; Randy Mon

Fresh herbs, bacon, and a trio of flavorful cheeses - cream cheese, brie, and cheddar - adds sophisticated flavors to traditional macaroni and cheese.

Yield: Serves 4
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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 811
  • Calories from fat: 48%
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fat: 43g
  • Saturated fat: 25g
  • Carbohydrate: 76g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 746mg
  • Cholesterol: 119mg


  • 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


  1. 1. Preheat oven to broil. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, fry bacon until crisp, about 5 minutes, then drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tbsp. grease. Set bacon aside.
  3. 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. 4. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tbsp. butter and the bread crumbs, stirring to combine. Sprinkle evenly over cheese.
  5. 5. Broil ramekins until golden and bubbling, about 3 minutes.
  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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