Cheesy Bacon Mac & Cheese

This recipe was in the October issue of Everyday Food.  It looked so good and easy.  We are always on the lookout for another good macNcheese recipe, so we gave it a try.  Emeril didn’t disappoint.  This was really good.  I mean, how can you go wrong with pasta, cheese and bacon?! 
Emeril’s recipe used elbow macaroni.  I didn’t have any elbow macaroni, so I used bowtie pasta.  I’m pretty sure it didn’t hurt the final product.  This macNcheese comes together in no time.  Boiling the pasta is the most time consuming part of the whole thing.  

Emeril’s Mac & Cheese
adapted from Everyday Food
(Printable Recipe)

Coarse salt
½ pound bowtie or elbow macaroni
3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (or use a 3oz bag of bacon pieces)
1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
3 large eggs
1 can (12 ounces) 2% evaporated milk
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar (6 oz)
½ cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (2 oz)
½ cup finely grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 6-8 minutes (it will be undercooked). Drain. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium and add bacon. Cook until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes.  (OR skip this step and use a bag of bacon pieces) Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon mixture to a medium bowl. Add pasta and stir to combine.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and evaporated milk. Add ½ teaspoon salt, cayenne, nutmeg, and cheeses; mix well. Add macaroni mixture and stir well to combine. Transfer to an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish or 2-quart gratin dish. With a spoon, gently spread mixture to form an even layer. Bake just until sauce is bubbling at edges, 12 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

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