Caramelized Onion, Bacon, and Arugula Mac & Cheese
A gourmet mac and cheese recipe full of flavor.
1-2Vidalia onionsfinely chopped,
8ouncespastashells, elbows, penne, etc.,
3ouncessharp cheddar cheeseshredded
8ouncesthick-cut baconcooked and crumbled
salt and pepperto taste
In a large cast iron skillet set over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the onions. Cook, stirring often, until the onions start to turn a bit brown. Turn the heat down to low and continue to cook, stirring often, until the onions are very soft and deep golden brown. Add the arugula and cook for about 2 minutes, or until it starts to wilt. Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, place a pot of water on the stove to boil for the pasta. Make sure to salt it very generously. Add the pasta and cook according the package instructions. Drain and immediately return the pasta to the pan.
Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the pasta, cover, and let it melt for a couple of minutes. Add the cheeses and cream, give it a good stir, and put the lid back on. Let it sit for a few minutes. When you come back and give it another stir, everything will melt together and create a nice cheesy sauce.
Stir in the bacon, onions, and arugula. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve immediately.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator. To re-heat, add a bit of extra cream to the pan and cook, covered, over medium-low heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.
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