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Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Recipe

Big Kid Macaroni and Cheese Casserole Recipe


Here is an easy big kid macaroni and cheese casserole. You will love the "adult" twist on mac & cheese with bechemal sauce, Gruyere and Parmesan. Every bite of this casserole is filled with flavorful gooey comfort.


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 6 strips good black forest bacon, chopped
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 15 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt

For Cheesy Bechamel Sauce:

  • 4 cups milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • fat from bacon


  1. Preheat to 400F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. It should take about 9 minutes or so in salted boiling water.
  3. In a large heavy skillet, brown chopped bacon on medium-high heat. When bacon crisps up nicely, remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain.
  4. In the same skillet, using the bacon fat, begin to prepare bechamel sauce. Brown flour in bacon fat for about 4 minutes or so on low/medium-low heat until it turns golden in color. Raise heat to medium and add room-temperature milk one-cup-at-a-time whisking continuously. Season with a pinch of salt, nutmeg, and garlic powder. Cook for another 7 minutes, stirring occasionally,until mixture is smooth and begins to thicken. Stir in Gruyere cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Remove from heat and let sit to thicken into a creamy cheesy bechamel.
  5. Combine pasta with spinach and basil.
  6. Add bechamel sauce and mix well to coat pasta. Mix in crispy bacon.
  7. Place in a baking dish, or divide in oven-safe individual-sized dishes or ramekins. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in 400F heated-oven for 20 minutes or so. Turn broiler on briefly and watch as top of the macaroni and cheese casserole turns crispy and slightly golden-brown. Remove from oven. Serve warm.
  9. Add a simple salad next to this casserole. You may also like our zucchini bechamel casserole.


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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Macaroni and Cheese, Mac n' Cheese, Easy Macaroni and Cheese, Casserole