Monday, November 12, 2012

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese (Picky Palate Cookbook)

Jenny’s cookbook is out! The Picky Palate Cookbook was published on October 23, 2012. Picky Palate must be SO excited. This week I am going to be giving away The Picky Palate Cookbook to one lucky person. More details of this giveaway are at the bottom of the post. Now let’s get started so that I can tell you guys what I made.

This week I made the Skillet Macaroni and Cheese from The Picky Palate Cookbook. I liked it as soon as I saw the recipe. Can you guess why? It’s kind of obvious. It has BACON in it!

The cheese sauce is great. When I poured it into the skillet filled with pasta, good smells filled our kitchen. I stuck a finger in the pan just to taste it. :)

Now do you understand why I stuck a finger in the pan? Yum Yum Yum!!!

Bacon is great on everything in the entire universe, but it is awesome on this mac.

I’m a goofball. In case you haven’t noticed (which is almost impossible), I like to make funny poses. I’m ready for my football game in this picture. The macaroni and cheese was great. The bacon made it 2x as good. Jenny created a great recipe when she thought up this Skillet Macaroni and Cheese.

Jenny’s cookbook is really good. The inside looks a little like my mom’s cookbook that is coming out soon. Picky Palate made her cookbook a winner by putting tons of good recipes into it. I’ve tried the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies too, and I LOVED them. The mac and cheese and the cookies are just a few samples of the great recipes the cookbook has.

Here’s How To Enter to win a copy of The Picky Palate Cookbook:

1.  Leave a comment here telling me what you like on your macaroni and cheese.

For two possible extra entries:

2.  Share the giveaway on your facebook page or on Pinterest.  Then come back and leave a comment telling me you shared.

Giveaway ends Sunday, Nov. 18th at 6PM PST US Residents only.  Winners will be chosen via Random.org and be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email.  Giveaway is now closed!  The randomly selected winner is commenter #64: Brandie.  Congrats!

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Skillet Macaroni and Cheese 5

Skillet- Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 40 min

YUM!

Ingredients:

1/2 pound elbow pasta
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch cast-iron skillet with nonstick spray.

2. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain, then rinse under cool water to stop the cooking.

3. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour, salt, paprika, and pepper and whisk to combine. Slowly add the milk, whisking until smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the cheddar cheese and stir until smooth.

4. Transfer the cooked pasta to the skillet. Pour in the cheese sauce, stirring to combine.

5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons butter in the microwave. Add the bread crumbs, bacon and Parmesan and stir to combine. Sprinkle over the mac and cheese, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Source: RecipeBoy.com (shared with permission from The Picky Palate Cookbook)



Disclosure:  The book for this giveaway is being provided by Wiley & Sons.  I was given a copy of The Picky Palate Cookbook for review, and all opinions shared are my own.  Amazon affiliate links are included within this post.

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128 Responses to “Skillet Macaroni and Cheese (Picky Palate Cookbook)”

  1. 1

    Marci Johnson — November 12, 2012 @ 4:00 am

    I usually prefer my macaroni and cheese pretty bare. But I am all for trying new versions!

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    Kel — November 12, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    I usually just put breadcrumbs on top – never thought of bacon before! The crunch would be a good contrast.

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    Kim — November 12, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    Ritz crackers! Yum :)

  4. 4

    Jill — November 12, 2012 @ 6:04 am

    I am a traditionalist – no add ins in my mac n cheese!

  5. 5

    Christine @Cooking My Cookbooks — November 12, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    I recently made a Pumpkin Mac & Cheese & it was so yummy!

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    Christine @Cooking My Cookbooks — November 12, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    I also pinned this giveaway on pinterest!

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    Shelley — November 12, 2012 @ 6:12 am

    I love mac n’ cheese. As someone who tries to make everything healthy….I’m a fan of hiding veggies in there. I can puree carrots and add it to the cheese sauce!

    Also…I had a mac n cheese the other day that had curried veggies in it. It was to die for GOOD!!!

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    Casey — November 12, 2012 @ 6:23 am

    I like mac and cheese with blue cheese crumbles and bacon.

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    beth — November 12, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    Love mac & cheese unadultered. BUT…if you added a little bit of crushed Ritz crackers, you’ll get no argument from me. ;)

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    Nicole-Lynn — November 12, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    Oh wow, this recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

    I like cheddar cheese and ham pieces in my mac & cheese recipe!

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    Jenny Flake — November 12, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    Recipe Boy!! Thank you for highlighting my mac and cheese and cookbook!! You made it perfectly! Great job and have a great day!!

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    Kara D — November 12, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    I love my macaroni and cheese with toasted bread crumbs on top!!

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    Maria Malaveci — November 12, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    Don’t usually add anything on my Macaroni and Cheese. Just like it plain and simple the way it is. I actually have never tried it any other way. I bet that I would love the breadcrumbs!

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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    Maria Malaveci — November 12, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    http://pinterest.com/pin/276901077060702428/

    I pinned the giveaway on Pinterest!

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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    Lindsey — November 12, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    I’m not a huge fan of maccaroni and cheese myself, but my husband is. His favorite version is made with bacon and scallops.

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    Annette {This Simple Mom} — November 12, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    My favorite recipe has ham in it! This looks good, too! I’d love to enter for the giveaway!
    thissimplemom at gmail dot com

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    Megan Whetton — November 12, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    I love almost anything added on my macaroni and cheese, my favorite though is Extra Cheese and Oyster Crackers.
    Mmmmhmm!

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    Leah — November 12, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    I love lots of cheese and lots of breadcrumbs on top!

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    Laura — November 12, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Usually I just have my mac and cheese sans toppings to not get in the way of the cheesey goodness. However, I wouldn’t be opposed to trying it out topped with bacon!

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    Leah — November 12, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Cornflake crumbs!

  21. 21

    Karla G — November 12, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Toasted breadcrumbs on top is delish!

  22. 22

    Karla G — November 12, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    Shared this on pinterest

  23. 23

    emily — November 12, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    I love breadcrumbs on my mac and cheese! Bacon would be yummy too. We’re going to try this recipe for dinner tonight. :)

  24. 24

    emily — November 12, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    shared on pinterest

  25. 25

    sara — November 12, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Love this mac and cheese! I recently had a great mac and cheese with artichoke hearts and goat cheese stirred in and breadcrumbs on top!

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    sara — November 12, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Pinned! :)

  27. 27

    Ellen Anne H — November 12, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    This looks great. I love sliced tomatoes, cracked black pepper and bread crumbs on top of my mac and cheese.

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    Shannon — November 12, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Bacon sounds like a great addition my husband would LOVE

  29. 29

    gail — November 12, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    breadcrumbs on top

  30. 30

    Kimberly O' — November 12, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    I usually add Panko to give it a little crunch, but bacon sounds awesome!!!!!! Great photos!!!

  31. 31

    Cat — November 12, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    I like putting mashed potatoes on top, then baking :)

  32. 32

    Kat — November 12, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    I like my mac and cheese with peas – makes it nice & healthy… :)

  33. 33

    Sara M — November 12, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    I love hot dogs in it and crushed ritz crackers on top!

  34. 34

    Hannah — November 12, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    Broccoli!

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    Shelly — November 12, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    I love bacon with extra cheese on top!

  36. 36

    Nicole — November 12, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    I love black pepper or peas with my Mac & Cheese!

  37. 37

    Nicole — November 12, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Pinned! :D

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    Amanda Thompson — November 12, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    I love my mac & cheese with bacon, panko bread crumbs and lots & lots of cheese!!

  39. 39

    erika — November 12, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    Looks great, yummy, I love to add broccli tops, and yes sometime some feta cheese.

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    Diana — November 12, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    I like cheese.. and cheese.. OH! and more Cheese! Did I mention I like cheese with my macaroni?

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    Tina — November 12, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    I don’t usually eat my mac and cheese topped with anything but I would be willing to try it with bacon :) Bacon does make everything better.

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    Maureen — November 13, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    I’ve never put a topping on mac and cheese but I like the idea of bacon.

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    Dawn Lowenstein — November 13, 2012 @ 3:48 am

    I love Mac & cheese with stewed tomatoes or breadcrumbs on top! Mac & cheese is a dish which I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime!

  44. 44

    barbara n — November 13, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    I like my mac and cheese without any topping, but your recipe does look yummy!

  45. 45

    Katie — November 13, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    I like a breadcrumb topping the best. Some parm cheesemixed in makes it extra yummy.

  46. 46

    Katie — November 13, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    I shared on Pinterest.

  47. 47

    Donna — November 13, 2012 @ 4:39 am

    I like to add bacon also some Asiago cheese and then I add cornflake crumbs to the top.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your cookbook.

  48. 48

    deb — November 13, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    It is my comfort food after a hard day of work!

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    deb — November 13, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    pinned!!

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    Morgaine Fey — November 13, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    I love to put mushrooms in my mac and cheese, but my boy likes his plain. I bet he would TOTALLY appreciate the bacon though!!

    So happy to have found your blog, your adorkable!

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    Morgaine Fey — November 13, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    Pinned it!

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    Dee — November 13, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    I love Mac and Cheese with toasted breadcrumbs on top. Also had Lobster Mac and Cheese at a restaurant and it was amazing!

  53. 53

    Micky — November 13, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    I recently added jalapeno and bacon to my mac & cheese recipe for a Southwestern kick! It turned out great.

  54. 54

    Shica — November 13, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    Nothing but cheese please!!!

  55. 55

    cassie — November 13, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    extra cheese + broccoli. YUM

  56. 56

    Cindy — November 13, 2012 @ 6:41 am

    Ketchup!

  57. 57

    angel — November 13, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    I like mine intopped with thinly sliced tomatoes and I love to swirl pumpkin in right before serving

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    Lee W — November 13, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    Lobster Mac and Cheese is always a favorite! I also saw a recipe for mac and cheese with brussel sprouts and bacon in it on the Food Network that looked great too!

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    crystal d. — November 13, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    That crunchy bread topping is awesome! But once the mac and cheese is on my plate I love to top it with some homemade salsa. So good!! Mac and cheese is one of the best foods out there!

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    Kesha — November 13, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    I like bacon and ritz crackers on my macaroni and cheese!

  61. 61

    Kesha — November 13, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    I shared on Facebook

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    Kesha — November 13, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    I pinned on Pinterest

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    Melissa — November 13, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    This Mac & cheese sounds delish! I can’t wait to try it. I guess I’m pretty plain because I’ve never added any toppings to my Mac & cheese.

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    Brandie — November 13, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I love Mac N Cheese, its my favorite dish. I love it with a lot of extra cheese on top, especially sharp cheddar.

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    Catherine — November 13, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    My favorite way to top mac and cheese is with bread crumbs. I also love a side of freshly sliced tomatoes!

    I have an 11 year old very picky eater, so this new cookbook looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing your macaroni and cheese experience. My son and I both love that you have a recipe blog!

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    Bev M — November 13, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I put buttered bread crumbs along with a little crumbled bacon…..yum!!

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    Vanessa Linda — November 13, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    This mac & cheese looks great just as it is! But a couple of my favorites to add to this classic include, bacon, broccoli, chicken & even avocado.

  68. 68

    Danielle D — November 13, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    Bacon! Bacon makes everything better.

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    Danielle D — November 13, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Pinned it to Pinterest!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 13, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    My family is going to LOVE this!! And I can’t wait to check out Jenny’s new book!

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    Blair B. — November 13, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Believe it or not… I love STEAK on my mac n’ cheese. It is delicious!

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    Paloma — November 13, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Good job! That looks really good!

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    Beva — November 13, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Mostly I like Bacon & Bread Crumbs on my Mac & Cheese But Just about anything would taste good with mac & cheese!!

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    Beva A — November 13, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I shared on facebook!! Can’t wait to make it! Thanks

  75. 75

    Beva A — November 13, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    I pinned this to pinterest also because I Will Be Making This!! Thanks!!

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    Shannon A — November 13, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    What i like on my Mac-n-Cheese is onions, tomatoes and bacon. Yum YUM!!!

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    Madeleine — November 13, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    I love broccoli in my mac and cheese!

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    Jan — November 13, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    It’s always different b/c the possibilities are endless!

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    Rebecca — November 13, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    I love adding pimentos to my mac and cheese to give it a tangy flavor. I first had pimento mac & cheese at a restaurant and went home and tried my best to replicate, but haven’t gotten it quite right.

    Any mac & cheese is delicious though!

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    Living The Sweet Life — November 13, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Yuuummm!! You did such a great job with this recipe :) it looks amazing

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    Stephanie — November 13, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    i like mine with even MORE cheese! a bit of a cheese fanatic over here…

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    Adrianne — November 13, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    I love crumbled bacon and jalapeño pepper bits on my mac n cheese! I’m hungry for some right now!

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    Melissa Lindquist — November 13, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    OMG! I think bacon may be my new favorite topping for Mac and cheese! Great job, Recipe Boy!

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    Darla — November 13, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    If I haven’t already added chopped jalapenos or some other type of chili pepper, then there had better be some hot sauce or Tabasco close by!

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    sabrina — November 13, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    I love broccoli on my mac n cheese

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    Erin — November 13, 2012 @ 11:58 am

    I always put crumbled bacon on my Mac n cheese!!

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    Andrea — November 13, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I like cheese, cheese and more cheese. But seriously – besides that – I kind of am good with tomato, but my husband isn’t a fan. This looks SO yum, but I’d leave out the bacon! (Or go for turkey!)

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    Andrea — November 13, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Found you on pinterest and re-pinned:
    :>

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    Chelsea — November 13, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I like hot sauce on my mac and cheese! Sounds gross but it’s yummy:)

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    Agus — November 13, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    I have just discover your blog! you’re so young! your macaroni and cheese look delicious! I never add anything to my macaroni and cheese, I like it the classic way (: but with A LOT of cheese lol
    Fingers crossed!!

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    Michelle — November 13, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Love my Mac n Cheese seasoned with salt and pepper!

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    Tom — November 13, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    Everything is better with bacon!

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    Lynna — November 14, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    I also LOVE adding bacon!

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    Cindy B. — November 14, 2012 @ 3:42 am

    I love my mac and cheese extra cheesy with sour cream added, and sometimes beef, bacon, or green onions.

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    Cindy B. — November 14, 2012 @ 3:44 am

    I Facebook shared.

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    Jessica — November 14, 2012 @ 5:46 am

    I love mine with panko on top for a little crunch. This looks DELICIOUS!

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    Carla's Confections — November 14, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    I just made some mac and cheese last week and it is so good! I like chicken, bacon and some veggies in mine. This skillet one looks amazing though!

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    Tammy — November 14, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I’m kind of a purist although this recipe might go on the menu in the next month. I know my son will love it.

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    Tammy — November 14, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    Shared on Facebook. Great giveaway!

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    Elizabeth — November 15, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    I love ketchup on my mac!

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    Mike Pacholik — November 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Mac and Cheese with bacon. I like to mix 3 cheeses together. Trader Joes Extra Extra Sharp Chedder, Parmigiano-Reggiano and mozzarella.

    I liked this on facebook. I pinned it and tweeted it.

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    Lindsey M — November 15, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    Hi Brooks –
    That recipe sure looks good!

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    Meche — November 15, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    The last few times I started adding it bacon! i love it! thanks so much for the chance to win!

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    Meche — November 15, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    shared on facebook!

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    Agus — November 15, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Iam sharing this giveaway on facebook!

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    Meche — November 15, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Recently I had been adding bacon to my mac n cheese! yours look delicious!!

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    Jenny — November 15, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

    To be honest, I’ve never made Mac-n-Cheese with anything else on top besides cheese! I love the bread crumb and bacon idea though!! I’m sure my picky little munchkins will too :)

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    Kathy — November 15, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    I don’t add anything to my mac and cheese…. just love alot of cheese……

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    Hope @ With A Side Of Hope — November 16, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    I like panko breadcrumbs on top of my mac and cheese :)

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    Pat — November 16, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    Carmalized onions, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese, fontina and a little smoked gouda! Amazin!!!

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    Maria — November 16, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    We are loving Jenny’s book too! We will have to try the mac and cheese next. It looks so good!

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    Susan G — November 16, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    I absolutely LOVE green chile in my mac-n-cheese! Best comfort food ever!

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    Rosa — November 16, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Frosted flakes! Sounds crazy but crushed, buttered Frosted Flakes sprinkled over mac & cheese, then broiled gives it a nice crust with a sweet undertone. Delicious!

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    Miss Traveler — November 16, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I have tried adding ground turkey beef with taco seasoning and rotel sauce for a side dish with tacos or enchiladas. Love it!

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    Miss Traveler — November 16, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    Pinned the contest link! Yaaaaay!

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    Kris — November 16, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    I love putting crushed up Cheese crackers on top.

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    April H — November 16, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Bacon makes everything better!

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    Raul — November 16, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    So young and talent!! I love my mac-n-cheese with breads crumbs! lots of them!
    Thanks for the chance!

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    Shelby N. — November 16, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I like almost anything in mac & cheese…but bacon might be my new favorite!!

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    Raul — November 18, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Shared on Facebook!

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    Yamila — November 18, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love adding bacon and extra cheese (:

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    Yamila — November 18, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    I pinned about this giveaway!

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    CarbsGirl — December 7, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    This was delicious!! Any ideas what’s the best way to reheat this? I have tons of leftover that I would love to take as lunch to work.

    • recipeboy replied: — December 9th, 2012 @ 8:29 am

      A microwave or oven would work fine.

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    Star — July 4, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    Good job young sir. It’s the best recipe for mac n cheese out there!

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    Sue Lund — January 26, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    Macaroni and cheese has been my favorite dish since I can remember.
    Who doesn’t love LOVE bacon! Combine the two and I’m in Heaven!

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    Sue Lund — January 26, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    Shared on Facebook!

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    Amanda Nichole — May 1, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

    I made this for my parents and they looved it. This is a great recipe..soo good. Thanks for sharing (:

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