I feel like there is so much to say about this Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe that I don’t even know where to start! My love of mac and cheese is a strange one. It’s like that boy you dated your freshman year and it was alright because you were both pretty immature but you knew it wasn’t love or anything so eventually you parted ways. Then, years later, you bump into him at a restaurant and he is like super fine and he wants your number, but you hesitate because he was the guy that thought wet willies were a great way to flirt. You figure, what the heck, let’s give this another shot! Within months you are inseparable and you are in love and everything is the best ever. And then you get married and have babies. Happily ever after, right?!
So now apply that weird story to my relationship with mac and cheese. I was cool with eating that boxed stuff for a while, but eventually I out grew it. I tried the “fancy” boxed mac n cheeses (you know, with the premixed sauce ooze) but it made me gag. So I just stopped eating mac and cheese altogether. Then many years later, one of my favorite food blogs posted a recipe for home made mac n cheese and I got pretty stoked! Homemade mac and cheese?! I didn’t even know you could do that! So I cooked up some stuff from scratch and it was decent! I knew it needed a few modifications to match my grown up standards, but it had to be classic enough to not scare away my kids. (Note: butternut squash mac and cheese will scare away your kids. And probably your husband.)
After SEVERAL (hundred) renditions over the past few years, I love what this mac and cheese has become. It is rich, it is creamy, it has the most amazing stringy melted cheese dripping off of each bite, it has those beautiful browned cheese crispy pieces around the edges, and it has bacon! Those salty little morsels of pork love are mixed into the mac and sprinkled on top so every single bite has a little extra boom boom.
Also note: this is comfort food. This is not health food. I like to serve my family healthy food as often as I possibly can and we eat as much food as possible that has prepared from scratch instead of processed, but goodness gracious, sometimes you just need a big ol’ helping of comfort. i.e. Bacon Mac And Cheese. I regret nothing. Oh, and no. This doesn’t have to be made on the grill! It can be if you’ve got a grill that can maintain a steady flow of indirect heat, but if not, stick it in the oven.