Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker
Total Time
30 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to the package directions.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1-cup serving.

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Ratings & Reviews

SandyCook's Review

May 16, 2012

AliceAitch's Review

March 02, 2011
This recipe was blander than I'd expect from an collection of southwest cooking. I'll probably add some red pepper flakes or a bit of poblano next time I make it to give it some kick.