This is a recipe from my friend Sara (Fairchild) Miller. Although I don’t get to see her often, Sara is dear to my heart! Years ago when I did daycare, she and her family were of my favorites! I appreciate Face Book as I have enjoyed watching her become a beautiful woman and mother! She describes herself as a stay at home mom and wife and it’s fun to observe she and her husband Justin as they succeed and develop their beautiful family! Her mom Dori is a life long friend of mine and explained recently that Sara is an amazing coupon clipper too!
Sara says this recipe does not need to be baked. She explained that it can be served in a serving dish or a crock pot to keep warm. She suggested also that it would be a great dish for a potluck! When she shared this recipe she said that their pan was scraped clean, without a single noodle left!
8 oz shredded Gouda cheese
8 oz shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
5-6 oz finely shredded Gruyere cheese
2 Cups Milk
5 Tablespoons Butter, divided
3 Tablespoons Flour
1/2 Cup plain Bread Crumbs
1 pound thick cut Bacon
1 lb box of Pasta (may be enough sauce for 2 lbs, or freeze extra)
1. Bake bacon on raised rack to allow grease to drip away. Bake at 400 degrees until evenly crispy. Remove from oven and cool.
2. Toast bread crumbs on the stove with 2 tablespoons of the butter until golden brown and smells like a grilled cheese sandwich.
3. Boil water, salt added, for noodles
4. On Medium heat, cook 3 tablespoons of butter with 3 tbsp flour, whisking constantly for about 2 minutes.
5. Reduce heat to low/med and add 2 cups milk. Whisk constantly for 8 minutes. It may start to thicken slightly but will still be a bit runny at this point.
6. Remove from heat. Add all shredded cheese and stir until creamy and smooth. The cheese will thicken the sauce to the right consistency. (If needed, return to very low heat to make sure all the cheese melts) Salt and pepper to taste. *If you cook on too high of heat, the sauce will curdle and become grainy).
7. Set sauce aside, cook and drain the pasta. Return pasta to pan and add about half the cheese sauce (or desired amount). Excess sauce could be frozen or added to another box of pasta to make a larger batch.
8. Just before serving, gently stir in large chopped bacon pieces. Pour into serving dish. Sprinkle toasted bread crumb on top the batch but do not stir in. You can add fresh chopped Parsley for garnish or red pepper flake for spice if desired.
I’ll be trying this dish soon when I have all my grown up kids over for dinner!
Here is a lovely picture of Sara and her family!