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Broccoli macaroni Cheese with Bacon

Creamy Macaroni with broccoli, bacon, 2 kinds of grated cheese and topped with buttery rosemary Panko breadcrumbs.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 296kcal
Author foodnessgracious

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound broccoli, broken into florets
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped into large strips
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 7 ounces Gruyere cheese grated
  • 7 ounces sharp Irish cheddar grated
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped rosemary

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and have ready a 8-10 cup oven-safe casserole dish.
  • Cook the pasta as per the manufacturers instructions. Do not drain.
  • Once the pasta has cooked, scoop it out of the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large bowl leaving the pasta water in the pot.
  • Add 1-2 cups of water to the pot and bring back to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and blanch for two minutes. Drain and set the broccoli to the side.
  • Cook the chopped bacon in a pan until crispy, Transfer to a paper towel and drain.
  • In another pan, melt the butter over a medium heat and addd the flour. Whisk to mix together.
  • Gradually add the milk about 1/4 cup at a time whisking well after each addition until smooth.
  • Once all of the milk except about 1/2 cup has been added add the cheese and whisk gently over a low heat until melted and lump free.
  • Add the remaining milk and mix. Turn to low heat.
  • Add the broccoli and bacon to the cooked pasta along with the cheese sauce.
  • Toss with a wooden spoon making sure to cover all of the pasta. Pour the pasta into the casserole dish.
  • In a smaller pan melt the remaining 4 tbsp butter and add the Panko, pepper and rosemary. Mix well and sprinkle over the macaroni.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes and the cheese is bubbling around the edges.
  • Serve at once.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal