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!
2cupsshredded gruyere cheese, divided (can use swiss cheese)
6slicesbacon, cooked and chopped
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
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.
Bring pot to a simmer. Cook until sauce is thick, about 5 – 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1½ cups shredded cheese into sauce until melted. Add cooked pasta. Stir in chopped turkey and cooked bacon.
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.