Sunday, February 14, 2010

3 Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Country Smoked Bacon

8 oz. package small pasta shells
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 pinch garlic salt
3 tsp. butter
1-1/2 cans (11 oz.) condensed cream of cheddar cheese soup
1/3 cup shredded havarti cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cups shredded white cheddar cheese (reserve a 1/4 cup cheese to top casserole)
4 strips thick-sliced country smoked bacon (or regular bacon), cut into 1/2-inch pieces


Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Bring a large pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes, then drain. Transfer the pasta to a casserole dish. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt. Stir the butter into the pasta mixture until the butter melts. Add the cheddar cheese soup, havarti cheese, parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup of white cheddar cheese; stir well. Bake for about 25 minutes. While the mac and cheese is baking, fry the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Top casserole with crumbled bacon and reserved cheddar cheese. Place under broiler for about 10 seconds until the cheese melts. Serve hot.

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