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Chipotle-Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Karla Ryman Needels


3 tsp sea salt
1 package cavatappi pasta
2 tbsp corn oil
1/2 c butter
1 small onion
3 tbsp all purpose flour
3 c half and half
2 c heavy cream
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 c freshly grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp ground chipotle chile pepper
6 cooked bacon slices, chopped
3/4 c panko

1. Preheat oven to 350. Bring 1 gal water and 1 1/2 tsp salt to boil in a dutch oven; add pasta. Cook 8 to 9 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Toss with 1 tbsp oil
2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion and saute 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Add half and half, next 2 ingredients, and remaining 1 1/2 tsp sea salt, bring to simmer. Cook, whisking constantly 5 to 6 minutes or until thickened. Gradually add cheeses, stirring until blended. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in cooked pasta. Spoon into a lightly greased 9x13 baking sheet.
3. Saute chipotle pepper in remaining 1 tbsp hot corn oil in a small skillet over medium heat for 30 seconds or until mixture begins to smoke. Remove from heat, and quickly stir in bacon and panko until coated. Sprinkle over pasta
4. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp on top




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