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Grown-up Mac 'n' Cheese

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 6
Suggested by Sunset Facebook fan Roxanne Lewis (and others).You can use any shape of pasta you like, but ziti tubes are best at holding the molten cheese sauce.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ziti pasta
  • 4 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces gruyère cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 4 ounces Italian fontina cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 2 ounces freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives

Nutrition Information

  • calories 511
  • caloriesfromfat 40 %
  • protein 27 g
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 12 g
  • carbohydrate 49 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • sodium 569 mg
  • cholesterol 67 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.

  2. Fry bacon meanwhile in a medium saucepan over medium heat until brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

  3. Pour off all but 1 tbsp. fat from pan. Add flour and whisk over medium heat. Pour in milk 1/4 cup at a time, whisking well after each addition (it will be very thick at first) until incorporated and smooth. Add cheeses in 3 batches, whisking continually and making sure each batch is mostly melted before adding the next.

  4. Drain pasta, then stir into cheese sauce (it will thicken upon standing). Divide pasta among individual ramekins or bowls and top with bacon and chives.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1-cup serving.