Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Skillet Mac and Cheese

With the weather turning cold again and it officially feeling like winter, I think about comfort food. Generally, the more unhealthy it is, the more I crave it. When I stumbled across this Skillet Brussels Sprout and Bacon Mac & Cheese, the recipe seemed to have everything I need and want in a winter dish AND a bit of green to make me feel a bit better about myself (Kidding. Sort of.)

Bacon Brussels Sprout Mac & Cheese!

The first time I made this, I followed Jessica's recipe pretty closely, so no need for me to copy it here. However, I have made this many times since and have adapted it many ways. I'll often attempt to cut calories wherever I can and try making the dish with skim milk. It took a bit longer to make the béchamel but ultimately did not take away from the taste.

Sautéing the Bacon and Brussels
I am obsessed with the really thick-cut bacon you often find with the butcher at the grocery store and think it lends a really meaty quality to the dish, so I'll try to purchase it whenever possible. Additionally, I have often subbed in some smoked gouda cheese for fontina. Really though, I think this recipe is pretty versatile, and would work well with your favorite veggie/cheese/meat combo.

Loads of Fontina, Cheddar and Parmesan Cheese
If you are like me and love some truffle oil, a little drizzle into the sauce before you pour it over the pasta would go a long way!

Adding the Béchamel to the Apastasaurus - we are big believers in shaped pasta in our house :)
Topped with Bacon and Panko and ready for the oven
Dinner is served!
So much yumminess happening in one plate!
Bottom line: no matter how you adapt this recipe, when the mac and cheese comes out of the oven in the cast iron skillet on a cold winter evening you will finally feel warm and content. If winter means an excuse to eat more meals like this, bring it on!


  1. I've been craving mac and cheese something fierce! This sounds fabulous.

  2. And now you need to run from Charlestown to NH to work off that meal.

  3. That mac and cheese looks awesome! I need to try it with the thick-cut bacon.

  4. This looks heavenly! I love thick cut bacon.

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