Category - Food • Warnings - No Nudity/No Triggers
The cool weather brings the desire for yummy, warm comfort like blankets, cozy socks, scarfs, sweaters and boots. And also comfort food like chili, stews, chowders and creamy macaroni.
I have been pushing Mr. Wednesday’s food boundaries a lot lately. The biggest push was when I made him a whole Mediterranean inspired meal. A few of the dishes were a bit much for him, and one of them he just didn’t like. I now know that he is not a huge fan of parsley, but he was a brave soul and gave a try to everything I made. I decided that the coming of fall was the perfect time to pull back and feed him some good, old comfort food. There is nothing much better than macaroni and cheese for comfort food, except maybe for bacon macaroni and cheese. The added smokiness of the bacon adds a whole depth of flavor that cannot be beat!
Over dinner one evening, the week before I made the macaroni and cheese, I was talking about it with Micheal and Christina. And they both kinda looked longingly at me. And Micheal asked if I would make them some for dinner on Wednesday as well. Of course I said yes!
Now it has been a while since I have made macaroni and cheese. I have recently become unable to eat any dairy products. But that doesn't mean that everyone else should suffer. Although that is kind of how it has been. But I am trying out many of the non-dairy cheeses and such that are out there and when cooked and melted, many of them are pretty good. So, I did make myself a non-dairy version of this macaroni and cheese. I pulled out my old dusty recipe and added bacon, subbed bacon grease for butter. And made a new and improved version of my macaroni and cheese.
Finally macaroni and cheese Wednesday arrived! Wednesday is my day off. And I have a routine that I have. So, as laundry is washing, I made and prepped the macaroni and cheese for Michael and Christina. I got it all made and ready to go into the oven. Then when they were about ready for dinner they could just put it into the oven. And then I headed over to Mr. Wednesday’s and made it again... along with a non-dairy version for me. Having it ready to go was great! It left the rest of the day free to just relax.
I was able to relax in my bath and have an adult beverage and still had plenty of time to get all made up for when Mr. Wednesday got home. I even had time to lounge around on the couch and binge watch a bit of one of my favorite crime shows.
When Mr. Wednesday got home, I slipped the macaroni in the oven to get it all hot and bubbly. He took a shower to wash off the day. Then we snuggled into the couch and ate creamy yumminess and watched our current favorite show. The perfect way to launch the fall season.
Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 lbs macaroni noodles, cooked al dente
- 2-12oz pkg bacon
- 3 tbsp bacon grease
- ¼ cup flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 2 cups milk, divided
- 8 oz brick of cream cheese, cubed
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 4 oz velveeta, cubed
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra to sprinkle on top
- Dice bacon and cook until crispy. Reserve bacon grease for the cheese sauce.
- In a large saucepan, put the bacon grease and garlic. Saute the garlic just until fragrant. Add remaining spices and flour. Stir to combine. Slowly add heavy cream and 1 ½ cups milk, stirring to combine after each addition.
- Add cream cheese a few cubes at a time, allowing them to melt in before adding more, do the same with the velveeta.
- Add the remaining cheeses one cup at a time stirring to combine.
- Add the remaining milk slowly, if needed. The sauce should be creamy and thick, but still easy to stir.
- Cook noodles per package directions to al dente and drain. The noodles will continue to cook in the sauce and in the oven, so you don't want to overcook them.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine sauce and noodles and about ¾ of the bacon.
- Place in a greased casserole dish and top with the remaining bacon and cheese.
- Bake for about 20 minute or until the cheese is melted and bubbly on top.