Cracked Out Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen


This macaroni and cheese dish is the ultimate in comfort food. Bacon, Ranch dressing mix and several cheeses make this pasta, creamy, cheesy and absolutely divine! Gluten free.


  • 12 oz. box Ronzoni gluten free penne pasta
  • 1/3 cup red onion (chopped (or a sweet onion))
  • 1/2 red or green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 lb. Wright’s thick sliced bacon (cooked and drained, divided use)
  • 1/3 cup homemade ranch dressing mix
  • 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour
  • 2 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 3 dashes red pepper flakes (or more, if desired)
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper (or more, if desired)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Italian 6-cheese blend: (shredded)
  • 1 cup fontina cheese (shredded (or substitute either cheddar or Italian cheese blend))
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (melted (1 1/2 sticks), divided use)
  • 1/2 cup 4C Gluten Free Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup Italian 6-cheese blend: (shredded)
  • cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • reserved bacon (for garnish)
  • fresh chives (snipped, for garnish)
  • sharp cheddar cheese (shredded, for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.° Prepare GF noodles according to package directions. Cook a little longer than al dente, but less than “tender.”...
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Cracked Out Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

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