Mac And Cheese Recipe With Bacon

Mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon

  • serves 2
  • Easy

How do you make mac 'n' cheese better? Add bacon of course! This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe for a family meal



  • breadcrumbs 1 handful, fresh and chunky
  • olive oil
  • butter 1 tbsp
  • garlic 1 clove, finely chopped
  • mustard powder 1 tsp
plain flour 1 tbsp
  • whole milk 250ml
  • Red Leicester 100g, grated
  • rigatoni or other short pasta 175g
  • streaky bacon 4 slices, grilled until crisp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6. Put the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil, season, and bake for 5 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Melt the butter in a pan. Add the garlic and mustard and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour and whisk on a low heat for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk, then bring to a boil, whisking. Reduce heat and simmer until thick (about 4 minutes). stir in the cheese until melted.

  • Step 3

    Boil the pasta until al dente, drain and mix with the cheese sauce and bacon. Spoon into 2 large ramekins. Top each with breadcrumbs and bake for 20 minutes until golden.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 811
  • Fat 36.8g
  • Saturates 19.7g
  • Carbs 88.5g
  • Fibre 3.3g
  • Protein 37.1g
  • Salt 2.69g