Best Blue Baked Mac’ n ‘Cheese

A great spin on a traditional favorite, this recipe adds Canadian bacon and crumbled blue cheese.  I’ve adapted it to my own taste from my Grandma’s recipe by adding some bold flavors.

Prep time: 20 min. | Cook time: 35 min. | Total: 55 min.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz elbox macaroni
  • ½ lb Canadian bacon (or ham), cubed
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 TBSP butter (I prefer Smart Balance, butter substitutes are fine)
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch
  • ¼ cup garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ cup bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Boil water & cook pasta approx.. 8 min.; strain & set aside when done
  3. While pasta cooks, brown Canadian bacon; set aside when done
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, butter, cornstarch, garlic, dry mustard, salt, & pepper
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly; after 1 min. remove from heat
  6. Stir in ¼ cup bread crumbs, cheeses & Canadian bacon
  7. Combine with macaroni & pour into greased casserole dish (or we always use 2 smaller casserole dishes)
  8. Sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs
  9. Bake, uncovered, for 25 min. – until golden brown

Enjoy!

Photo credit: http://www.recipegirl.com/2010/10/18/three-cheese-bacon-mac-cheese/

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