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A creamy, perfect bowl of mac and cheese with bacon and sweet onion, based on Tracy (Sugarcrafter)’s recipe for “Farfalle with Bacon, Onion and Gouda,” also on TK.
1. Boil some salted water and cook the pasta until al dente; set aside.
2. Fry the bacon slices until they’re starting to get crispy, then remove them to a paper towel and pat off the grease. Roughly chop them, and set them aside.
3. Remove most of the bacon grease from the pot, leaving about 1 tablespoon. Fry the finely chopped sweet onion in the bacon grease over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until translucent and slightly soft. Season the onion with salt and pepper as it cooks.
4. Add the bacon back into the pot along with the heavy cream. Simmer over medium-high heat for a few minutes, until the mixture has reduced and thickened a little.
5. Turn off the heat and stir in the Gouda cheese. As soon as it has melted into the sauce, add in the cooked pasta and stir until the noodles are coated in the sauce.
6. Taste and re-season, adding salt and pepper as needed. Serve hot!
Feel free to customize the toppings to your taste. I like my wrap with avocado, tomato and lettuce while my husband likes the chicken on a bun as a club sandwich. The real key to this recipe is the marinade.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!