October 14th, 2012

Creamy Bacon Mac & Cheese

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Oh my, this Creamy Bacon Mac and Cheese is soooo good!  I dare say it’s the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever made.

Creamy Bacon Mac & Cheese

Although it definitely has a more adult flavor thanks to the Gruyere cheese, my kids all loved it too. Because what’s not to love about pasta, cheese and bacon? If you have fresh rosemary on hand, you can use about 4 tablespoons chopped in place of the dried. You can use all Gruyere cheese in this recipe, but I thought the flavor would be too strong for my family.  With the mozzarella, it was just right.  Plus, it’s a little more economical to use part mozzarella.  But the flavor of the Gruyere cheese with the rosemary and bacon is phenomenal!  I’m already dreaming about making this again.

Creamy Bacon Mac & Cheese

Preparation 20 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 50 mins


  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 chopped green onions, for garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; reserving 1/3 cup of pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, combine cream and rosemary in a large saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat slightly and continue to simmer until reduced by half, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Stir cheeses into cream until melted.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta along with 1/3 cup of pasta water.
  6. Cook a few more minutes until everything is heated through.
  7. Stir in bacon just before serving. Garnish with chopped green onions.

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If you love this recipe, you might also like:

Smoky White Cheddar Mac and Cheese


Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Michael Symon



  1. oh yum!

  2. Adding bacon to mac and cheese? What’s not to like?

    Actually, with the holidays fast approaching, I’m curious to see what ideas LD readers can cook up. This newsletter I subscribe to is having a recipe contest: https://apps.facebook.com/whcontests/the-natural-knowledge-247-holiday-recipe-contest

    If you have a good idea, don’t hesitate to submit it!

  3. bacon makes everything taste better!

  4. The gruyere and rosemary really give this a grown-up twist,and bacon makes everything better! Looks great.


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