Macaroni and Cheese, Oven Baked

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Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This is our Go-To Comfort Food!

Layer the following into a large glass lasagna pan (approx 10″ x 15″):

  • 16 oz Corkscrew Macaroni, cooked. I drizzled my pasta with a few Tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil, after I put it in the baking dish. As an alternative, I’ve used Olive Oil, butter, and ::gasp:: Bacon Fat. Don’t be a hater! 🙂
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut up, cooked crispy.
  • 1 – 7 oz can Fire Roasted Mild Chilies.
  • 8 oz Monterrey Jack Cheese, grated.
  • 8 oz Mild Cheddar Cheese, grated.

Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon Restaurant Ground Black Pepper, across the top.

Push ingredients down, mixing slightly. You can, also, mix the above, altogether, in a big bowl and pour into the pan, but I would rather not have to wash the bowl. 🙂

Top with 4 oz mild cheddar cheese, grated.

Pour milk, into the pan, until it comes about half way up the pan. I measured about 5 cups. (I used Whole Milk.)

Topping:

Melt 1/4 cup butter and mix in one sleeve of crushed Saltine Crackers.

Sprinkle over the top.

Bake, covered, for 40-45 minutes, at 375 degrees, until the cheese has melted and its hot and bubbly. Remove cover and bake 5 more minutes.

This recipe can be adapted to your own preferences, and/or to use up leftovers you may have, on hand.

You can use any pasta. We prefer a “meatier” thicker pasta, for this dish.

Instead of Bacon, you can use:

  • Chopped Cooked Ham
  • Ground Sausage
  • Ground Pork or Beef
  • Rotisserie Chicken
  • Canned Tuna
  • Shredded Beef
  • Taco flavored Meat

Instead of Fire Roasted Mild Green Chilies, you could use:

  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Sauteed Leeks
  • Sauteed Zucchini or Yellow Squash
  • Sliced Scallions
  • Chopped Cilantro

You can, also, use any combination of cheese, that is your favorite. We are especially fond of grated Smoked Gouda, in place of half of the cheese.

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Heidi is a Cali-Girl transplanted to the LowCountry of South Carolina. You can find her “Kitchen Miracles” and disasters at FromTheCheapSeatz.com.



6 Comments

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  2. Heidi on September 1, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Oooh haa haa Bacon! I, often, forget to use my stored bacon fat. I must fix that. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale on August 31, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    YUM! those are gorgeous pics! I love playing around with mac and cheese and bacon fat.. it is AWESOME 😉

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  5. Heidi on August 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you. We had a lot of fun making it. 🙂

  6. Jax CC on August 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Heidi, no fair! Now I’m hungry after reading this and looking at the gorgeous pictures. It looks delicious!

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