Horseradish Mac 'n' Cheddar with Bacon

February 2009
Horseradish Mac 'n' Cheddar with Bacon

by 4 people

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Whip up easy, comforting food that chases the chill away.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 8 slices smoked bacon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Ground nutmeg, to taste
  • 2 cups grated extra-sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (a generous handful)
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • Pickle spears, for serving
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until just shy of al dente.
  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees . Bake the bacon on a broiler pan until crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Chop the bacon. Preheat the broiler.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the milk; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook until reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups cheese until melted, then remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the horseradish and bacon.
  4. In a casserole dish, combine the pasta with the sauce and top with the parsley, scallions and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Broil until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with the pickles.
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