We love homemade macaroni and cheese and recently we tried this bacon burger macaroni and cheese at a friends house and thought it was the best recipe we have ever tasted. We were hungry but seriously it will blow you away.
The original recipe was called Macaroni & Cheese 101 and found on Marthastewart.com. This recipe is taken up a couple of notches with bacon, hamburger and pretzels.
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups crushed Pretzels
5 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 1/2 cups graded sharp white cheddar cheese
2 cups grated Gruyere
24 ounces elbow macaroni
1 pound ground beef
1 pound bacon
Fry up the 1lb of bacon and 1lb of hamburger and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter a large baking dish and set aside.
In a small bowl crush 2 cups of pretzels. In a small pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and then pour over your pretzels. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the macaroni until the outside of pasta is done and the inside is underdone. 2-3 minutes.
Warm up the 5 1/2 cups of milk in a pan. In a deep fraying pan melt the rest of the butter. When the butter starts to bubble add the 1/2 cup of flour. Cook and stir for one minute.
While stirring the butter and flour add in the hot milk a small amount at a time and continue mixing until smooth. Whisk constantly until the sauce bubbles and thickens. This will take 8 to 12 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and add in the salt, nutmeg, peppers, 3 cups of cheddar and 1 1/2 cups of Gruyere, bacon, hamburger and macaroni. Stir thoroughly.
Pour the macaroni and cheese into the large baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar, Gruyere cheeses and the crushed pretzels. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes.
Let sit for 5 minutes and then it is ready to serve. We hope you enjoy this recipe.