June 17, 2013

Bacon and Gruyère Mac & Cheese

I stumbled upon this recipe and knew it was one that would be enjoyed by all. Who doesn't love bacon?! The original recipe calls for rosemary, but not being a huge fan, I omitted it. Feel free to include it if you wish!
Overall, this was such a simple dish. It requires no baking and everything can be made in one pot, making for easy clean up!

  • 1 quart heavy cream (I used fat free)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked, drained & broken into small bits
  • 1 pound whole grain elbow macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) Gruyère cheese, grated
  • Chopped chives

  1. Cook elbow noodles according to package directions. Reserve 3 teaspoons pasta water.
  2. Place cream in large pot over low heat. Add salt and pepper. Slowly bring to boil and keep at boil until reduced by half. Be patient as this takes time.
  3. Stir in bacon and pasta and simmer until hot; add the Gruyère and 3 teaspoons pasta water. Stir until cheese is melted.
  4. Garnish with chopped chives. Serve immediately. Enjoy :)

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