Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!

The Kentucky Derby is coming up. Now, I'm not a horse racing fan, but we always seem to watch the derby. I find the Derby more of an excuse to eat and drink with friends! There is nothing better than sipping a Mint Julep and eating some Kentucky Hot Browns. I have several variations of the original on the blog, but this Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese might be my favorite. Pasta loaded with turkey and bacon and tossed in a Gruyere cheese sauce. O-M-G! SO decadent!

For this recipe I used some really thick sliced turkey deli meat. I wanted to have nice bites of turkey throughout the mac and cheese. I used Gruyere cheese in the cheese sauce. Gruyere can be expensive, so feel free to substitute Swiss cheese if you don't want to splurge on the Gruyere. I think it is totally worth the splurge!

We topped this Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese with some fresh diced tomatoes. This has all the flavors of a hot brown but tossed with pasta. We loved this dish! I cannot wait to make it again for the Derby!

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!




Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!
Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!
Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!


yield: 4 to 6print recipe

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 8-oz elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese, divided (can use swiss cheese)
  • 8-oz cooked turkey, chopped
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add flour and cook 1 – 2 minutes, but do not brown. Slowly whisk in milk, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  4. Bring pot to a simmer. Cook until sauce is thick, about 5 – 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese into sauce until melted. Add cooked pasta. Stir in chopped turkey and cooked bacon.
  5. Pour pasta mixture into a 9-inch square baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with chopped tomatoes before serving.




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5 comments

  1. Super idea Steph and looks delicious. We just had Hot Browns a couple of weeks ago and I see this as a must try.

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  2. Our favorite side dish in our house is Mac and Cheese. Have to try making this great recipe. It definitely looks great in that picture!!!
    Jessi

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  3. We enjoy hot browns a lot when we have leftover turkey. I tried this recipe today using chicken and sharp cheddar cheese. It came out really well. Delicious idea. Thanks.

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