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Ultimate Mac ‘n’ Cheese

from the video Easy Vs. Ultimate: Mac 'N' Cheese ▶︎

by Matthew Johnson

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for 12 servings

  • ½ lb bacon, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumb
  • ½ cup fresh chive, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 3 cups evaporated milk
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb macaroni, cooked
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup shredded gruyère cheese
  • ½ cup colby jack cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • ½ cup provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. In a large pot, cook the bacon on medium heat until the bacon is crispy and the fat is rendered.
  3. Add the garlic, bread crumbs, chives, and chopped parsley. Stir and cook until the bread crumbs are toasted around 5 minutes. Remove from the pot.
  4. To the same pot on medium heat, add the butter. Melt it, sprinkle in flour, and stir until combined.
  5. Add the evaporated milk and bring to a simmer. Season with salt, pepper, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to incorporate and remove any lumps. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  6. Add the pasta into the sauce, and stir to combine.
  7. Add the cheddar, Gruyère, colby jack, Gouda, and provolone cheese, fold the cheeses into the pasta. If it seems too dry, add extra milk to your liking.
  8. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and top with shredded mozzarella and cheddar.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until the mac ‘n’ cheese is bubbly, melted, and golden brown on top.
  10. Serve with a sprinkle of the bread crumb mixture for added flavor!
  11. Enjoy!
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