Caramelized Onion and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

    1 hour 20 minutes

    Spicy, creamy, tangy... this is an absolutely amazing macaroni and cheese if you don't mind going to a little extra effort. Sure to be a favourite!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 500g macaroni
    • 65g butter
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
    • 4 cups grated Asiago cheese
    • 4 cups grated Cheddar cheese
    • 4 slices bacon
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 large onion, sliced thin
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1/8 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 40g butter
    • 5 tablespoons plain flour
    • 3 cups (750ml) milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, add macaroni and cook for 8 minutes (pasta will still be slightly hard). Drain pasta and transfer to a large bowl with 65g butter and toss to coat.
    2. Whisk together the sour cream, egg and cream cheese; add to the pasta and mix well. Stir in 3 cups of grated Asiago and 3 cups of grated Cheddar cheese reserving the remaining 2 cups of cheese for the topping.
    3. Place the bacon in a large, deep frypan and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate and chop into small pieces.
    4. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees C.
    5. Stir 40g butter, the onion and garlic into the bacon drippings in the pan and cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes until the onions are very soft and golden brown. Mix the cooked bacon, parsley and panko breadcrumbs into the onions, transfer mixture to a small bowl and set aside.
    6. Return the frypan to the heat and melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is smooth and thickened.
    7. Stir in the ground mustard, paprika, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce. Remove sauce from heat and let cool for five minutes.
    8. Pour the sauce over the macaroni mixture, stirring well. Transfer to a greased 20x30cm pan and sprinkle with the remaining 2 cups of Cheddar cheese. Top cheese with the onion breadcrumb mixture.
    9. Bake in preheated oven until bubbling, hot and golden brown on top, about 30 minutes.

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    I thought this recipe was deliciuous! My family loved it! The only thing I would do differently the next time I make it is double the bacon and bread crumbs. That sweet crunchy topping was wonderul and I wanted more!  -  19 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    VERY rich, filling and decadent. it is delicious, but i would tweak it in the following ways. use a whole package of bacon - 4 slices is not even close to being enough. definitely double the rest of the topping mixture, but mix it in all together with the pasta before baking. also, 8 cups total of cheese is a little much - i used about 6, and even that was a lot. i would probably go with 4-5 cups next time, any cheeses of your choice is fine but the asiago has a great flavor and paired surprising well with the bacon. i also added chopped broccoli and shiitake mushrooms to the pasta mixture, which was delicious. i used buttermilk instead of regular milk because it was in my fridge and i had to use it up, and that worked fine too, but probably definitely added to the richness of this dish. next time i will also sprinkle a layer of panko and parsley on the top of the pasta before baking for some added crunch and color.  -  08 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Well, I debated a long time on how many stars to give this recipe. If I could have given 3 1/2 I would have. Let it be known that I made this recipe to the letter. The recipe takes MUCH longer to prepare than the said prep+cook time. I also believe there are too many ingredients. Most of the best cuisine is created with few ingredients - just travel to Italy or Spain and it is apparent. Some of these could have been modified or left out (maybe bumping up the quantity of more important ingredients). I won't be making this again; a little too rich and way too time consuming for a side dish. Don't let that deter you, though, because Im glad I made it and if you love all things mac-n-cheese, go for it. That being said, the outcome is good. Very gourmet tasting, and has beautiful aesthetic appeal.  -  17 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)