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Brussel Sprout and Bacon Mac and Cheese

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Brussel Sprout and Bacon Mac and Cheese
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 8
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Brussel Sprout and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Creamy mac and cheese with a crust of browned brussel sprouts!

Ingredients

1
pounds pasta
6
slices bacon
1/2
onion
5
small mushrooms
4 1/2
cups milk
3
tablespoons flour
4
tablespoons butter
8
ounces cheddar cheese
8
ounces jack cheese
1
stalk brussel sprouts
1/2
cup pecorino romano cheese
4
tablespoons melted butter

Directions

  • 1 Shred the Cheese, dice the onions and mushrooms, shred the brussel sprouts, chop the bacon, and get some water on the stove.
  • 2 Make the sauce: Cook the bacon until fully cooked. Drain out most of the fat and add the butter. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir constantly for at least 5 minutes. The mixture should be fully incorporated and begin to have a nutty aroma. Slowly whisk in the milk making sure to whisk out all lumps. Bring this to a simmer and start stirring the cheddar and jack in in handfuls.
  • 3 Mix the shredded sprouts with the romano cheese and melted butter.
  • 4 Cook pasta about 3 minutes less than the package says. It should still have a bite to it. Mix the cooked pasta and the sauce together in a casserole pan.
  • 5 Top the pasta with the brussel sprout mixture. Toss this into a 400°F oven for 30 minutes until the sprouts are browned. If they aren't brown after about 25 minutes, broil it for a few minutes.
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Mac and Cheese with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

I have been trying to get brussel sprouts into mac and cheese for years.  

Seems like every time Autumn comes around, I try and fail!  Mixing them into the mac created soggy and tasteless sprouts.  The next time I tried browning them first and they became way overcooked.  The addition of breadcrumbs didn't help the flavor, but only dried everything out!

This year was different.  This year I had a new angle.  Use the brussel sprouts INSTEAD of the breadcrumb topping!  I like the top of a mac and cheese to be browned, and I also like brussel sprouts to be browned.  I like romano cheese mixed with breadcrumbs, but I also love it with brussel sprouts!  I knew I was on to something.  The Mac and Cheese turned out awesome and is definitely going to be a new fall staple of mine!



I love how these brussel sprout stalks start popping up at the grocery store this time of year.



The base of the cheese sauce starts with bacon, onion, mushroom, and butter!



Cheese, brussel sprouts, and melted butter make up the topping.



It's very saucy, but after baking it will tighten up a bit.



Brussel topping floated on top.



Nicely browned.  Brown is what makes brussel sprouts taste good!



Let the mac and cheese rest about 15 minutes if you want to get nice slices like this one!



Dan Whalen is a blogger at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!
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