French Onion Mac N’ Cheese – Creamy mac n’ cheese with caramelized onion, bacon, and topped with croutons.
Today I am joining a great group of bloggers to bring you a day dedicated solely to macaroni and cheese! Mac and Cheese Mania! There are some seriously talented and creative people in this group, you will not want to miss all the recipes going on today. Plus you can link up your favorite mac n’ cheese recipes for a chance to win some great prizes (no blog required). I may have to link up my favorite Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese.
Today I made a version that is inspired by one of my husband’s favorite soups; French Onion Soup. I really wanted to include caramelized onions, because….well, they are caramelized onions. Pretty sure it is acceptable to add them to anything. I also added a little bacon. We all know that bacon makes everything better, so this seemed like a good idea. Pasta, cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon; are you sold yet? I made this for the ladies of cooking club this month, and they loved it. Kind of seriously, over the top, gooey, deliciousness.
Mac and Cheese Mania is being sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO and is the brain child of Rachel Cooks and Nutmeg Nanny. Prizes up for grabs include Door to Door Organics Gift Cards, OXO Gift Baskets, Zak Designs Prize Pack, a year’s supply of Cabot cheese, a Vermont Creamery gift basket, a risotto kit from Marx Foods, Barilla pasta, Anolon Advanced Bronze 4.5 Qt. Tapered Stockpot, Rachael Ray Stoneware Casseroval, Wusthof CLASSIC Studio Block Set, Microplane Graters and Kitchen Tools, a SavorX Starter Block with spices and Le Cordon Bleu by Swissmar oven to table roasters. All giveaways open to US residents over the age of 18 only.
Want to win? Or just see all the other recipes involved in Mac and Cheese Mania? Head over to either Nutmeg Nanny or Rachel Cooks. Each site has a full list of the recipes, and details how to enter and win some of the great prizes listed above.
- 1 pound pasta, , cooked 2 minutes shy of the time on the box
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 6 ounces Gruyere cheese, , shredded
- 6 ounces Monterey Jack, , shredded
- 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, , shredded
- 3 cloves garlic, , minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
- 1 cup caramelized onions
- 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
- 1/2 cup croutons, , crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a sauce pan melt butter. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Mix in flour, and stir until it forms a paste. Slowly whisk in the milk, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
- Stir in cheeses, and mix until hot and smooth. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl mix together cooked pasta, bacon, caramelized onions and cheese sauce.
- Pour into a large casserole dish. Top with crushed croutons.
- Place in oven for 20-25 minutes; until bubbly and the croutons are golden.
Amount Per ServingCalories 677 Total Fat 43g Saturated Fat 24g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 16g Cholesterol 124mg Sodium 1244mg Carbohydrates 38g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 2g Sugar 3g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 35g
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