Re:My Mac and Cheese with Bacon
I make a bacon mac and cheese at home the wife loves.
I dice up 4-5 slices of bacon and get them frying, add in 1/2 a minced onion, cook till soft. Drain off all but about 2 TBS fat, add in 2 TBS flour, cook 3-4 more min. Blend in 2 cups warm milk, stir in 2 cups shreded cheese (Jarlsberg, emental, swiss, or whatever. I clean out the fridge cheese drawer with this.). Stir in rigitoni pasta, mix well, spoon into baking dish, sprinkle on a little more cheese on top. Bake 350 45-60 min for nice browned top.
Optionally, the last 15 min I sprinkle the top with buttery bread crumbs for a crunchy top.
Always a big hit. Essentially you are just using the bacon fat as your roux base instead of butter.