I adapted it (changed it very little actually), but it is chock full of stuff, and everyone knows that lots of stuff makes mac and cheese even better.
I suspect the average kid will enjoy this every bit as much as your hulking tough guy husband. It’s not a namby-pamby recipe.
So roll up your sleeves and get ready to surprise your horde of hungry eaters today. This is a great pot luck recipe which is sure to send you home with an empty serving dish.
- 16 oz mushrooms, thickly sliced, nice and chunky
- 8 slices bacon (thick cut is best) cut into 1″ pieces
- 2 medium-sized onions, sliced fairly thinly
- About 5 tbsp of butter
- 1/2 c Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 c Fontina cheese
- 1/2 c Gruyere cheese
- 4 oz. goat cheese (chevre)
- 16 oz macaroni
- 1/4 c flour
- 2 c milk
- 1/2 c cream
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Fry up the mushrooms in a couple of tablespoons of canola oil until wilted and fairly cooked through. Set aside in a bowl.
- Fry the bacon until crisp. Set aside in a separate dish.
- Saute the onions slowly until well caramelized in some of the bacon fat (discard excess).
- Boil the macaroni until al dente
- In the mushroom pan, melt 4 tbsp of the butter, add the flour and whisk until a roux is made. Cook for a couple of minutes.
- Add the milk and continue to whisk and bring up to a slow boil until it thickens.
- Add the cream and stir in.
- Pour a bit of the white sauce into the beaten eggs and whisk, tempering the eggs, and warming them, before dumping all that back into the white sauce, and stirring well.
- Add all the cheese (grated of course) and stir until mixed.
- Dump in the macaroni and mix well.
- Take a large baking dish 9 x 13 at least.
- Butter it.
- Place half of the onions and half of the mushrooms strewn evenly over the bottom.
- Place half of the macaroni and cheese over that.
- Sprinkle with the bacon.
- Bake in a 350° oven for 25 minutes or so, until bubbly.
SERVES: 8 as main course
OVEN TEMP: 350°
COOKING TIME: 25 minutes
SOURCE: Adapted from PioneerWoman Cooks.
NOTES: You can substitute other cheese if you wish of course. Or just use one, just make up the difference in the amount so you end up using a good 2 c overall.
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