I never ate mac and cheese growing up. It was one of those exotic delicacies to me, lumped in the same boat as pb&j sandwiches, hamburger helper and home made tacos.
Growing up in a Russian household I missed out on these classic American dishes every child seems to devour and demand.
Instead of pb&j I had open faced sandwiches with butter and salami, or the classic butter and red caviar. Instead of hamburger helper it was breaded and pan fried chicken cutlets with home made mashed potatoes.
So you can imagine my surprise when I went over to my friends’ houses and saw what their parents were cooking up for dinner. The standard Kraft mac and cheese always seemed particularly appalling to me.
Those little packets of powder that got mixed in looks suspicious and there was that bright radioactive color that had me raising an eyebrow.
I preferred my family dinners.
So why am I posting a mac and cheese recipe here myself? Well to show you that it is easy enough to make the real thing from scratch and with even more flavor.
With some bacon, a little bit of heavy cream and a mix of cheeses here you have a sophisticated spin on the American classic. And it tastes soooo much better.
So make this instead of the boxed and powdered cheese alternative.
A sophisticated spin on the classic American mac and cheese. Make from scratch with the addition of bacon for a more delicious meal.
10 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 4-6 slices bacon, chopped
- 5 ounces pasta (I used fusili), cooked according to package directions (use brown rice pasta for gluten free version)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces mozzarella, grated (or just buy the shredded kind)
- 6 ounces gouda, grated
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- handful fresh basil, slivered
- salt/pepper to taste
- Heat pan over medium heat and add bacon. When almost cooked add garlic and mix. Cook bacon until crispy.
- To the bacon pan add the cooked pasta and the heavy cream. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir until cream slightly thickens and coats the pasta.
- Add cheese and mix until melted.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh basil.