Ina Garten’s grown up bacon mac and cheese is not your ordinary macaroni and cheese! It’s loaded with a rich, creamy cheese sauce that is made from 3 types of cheese! The crispy bacon mixed in adds flavor and texture to this grown up comfort food.
Mac and cheese lovers of the world, unite! This easy, cheesy dinner is easily the most indulgent mac and cheese that you’ll ever eat!
It’s not a secret that I’m a huge fan of food and cooking shows. I plant myself on the couch nightly so that my favorite chefs can teach me their cooking secrets. I learn the methods necessary to roast the world’s juiciest turkey and create a succulent stew.
Many of my friends sit down to watch episodes of Real Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, while I watch stars like Ina Garten. I love watching Ina create goodness in her kitchen. She’s down to earth, elegant, and incredibly talented.
Basically, Ina is the polar opposite of me. You know that opposites attract, right? The Barefoot Contessa website is a joy to visit, and I’m always excited to try Ina’s recipes.
I’m a comfort food junkie, so when I saw Ina Garten’s Grown Up Mac and Cheese recipe on a recent visit, I had to make it!
I’m sure that kids will enjoy a bowl of this comfort food, but it’s definitely not a taste you’ll get from a blue box.
Ina’s recipe starts with a basic bechamel sauce, kicked up with a rich blend of sharp cheddar and Gruyère cheeses. It’s even more grown up with the addition of fresh tomatoes and homemade bread crumbs on the top. It sounds delightful in its own right, but good tomatoes are hard to come by right now. I had to find an acceptable substitute.
When it’s possible, I never turn down opportunities to use bacon, and kids, this was a possible moment! In addition to bacon, I added more cheese. I used a white cheddar and Gruyère blend, but then I took the sauce to a sophisticated level. The third cheese into the pot is crumbled Blue Cheese, and for even more creaminess, a couple of ounces of cream cheese. Four cheeses? Oh, yes I did!
What? You’ve never seen a Wisconsinite doing what she does best?
Come on. You know you need to have Ina Garten’s grown up mac and cheese in your mouth.