Ina Garten Grown Up Mac and Cheese

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This grown up mac and cheese recipe from Ina Garten shows how this dish isn't just for the kids! Bacon and a mixture of cheeses give it a 'wow' factor the adults will love!


  • 1/4 pound thick sliced bacon
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, or cavatappi
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces gruyere cheese, grated
  • 3 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 2 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a baking rack, then set the rack on a sheet pan. Bake for 15 to...
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Ina Garten Grown Up Mac and Cheese

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