Mackntoffeetoshdaddybutter-Cheese

**Update July 2013…this post is badly in need of some new photos and it’s on my to do list! Bear with me if you’re reading it before then**

It’s a funny thing in our house, because our Mac, has a lot of knicknames.

Mackntoffee

Mackntosh

Mackenzie

Macncheese

Mister Mac

Mac Daddy (Okay, we don’t actually call him that, it’s another family member named Mac’s knickname!)

Butter.

Wait, what does the knickname Butter have to do with the name Mac? Nothing, I just like to call him Butter. Or Butter Boy. Cowboy thinks it’s wierd, but I catch him calling Mac, Butter too!

I had some cheese that was a wee bit moldy and a wee bit on the dry side that I needed to use. And a half a box of pasta! The cheese was cheddar and gouda that my Mom had made. Absolutely delicious!

I started with some noodles. Aren’t these bug noodles cuter than a bugs ear?

Bahaha, I’m sooo punny.

Cook the bacon, pick it out of the pan and chuck it in a bowl with the pasta

I wish I’d cooked the bacon crispier. You could add some onions in with the bacon for the last few minutes of cookies, that would be amazing, I would adore that. If Cowboy didn’t hate onions so darn much.

Pour out all but about 1/4 c of the bacon fat (RESERVE IT PLEASE FOR OTHER COOKING!) and add the flour

Whisk it together and cook it for a few minutes, adding some S n P.

Pour in your milk, and whisk it together

It’s going to seem like this white sauce is never thickening! But don’t add extra flour, because all of sudden it will be thick.

While you’re waiting for it to thicken, grate your carrots

And chuck that in with the bacon and pasta!

When the white sauce thickens, add in all but 1/4 c of the cheese. We want that for garnishing on top.

Stir it into the sauce, and pour it on top of the bowl that contains pasta, bacon and carrots. Stir this all together

Then spread ‘er all in a 8″x8″ pan. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake, covered, for 45 min.

And it will be so gorgeous. Look at this!

Oh baby baby baby!

I love this with ketchup. Cowboy loves hot sauce and lots of black pepper.

Mac n Cheese with Carrots

3 c cooked Pasta

4 slices bacon, chopped, cooked to a crisp

2 c grated carrots

1/4 c bacon fat

1/4 c flour

Salt n Pepper

2 c milk

2 c cheese, 1/4 c reserved

Toss pasta, bacon and carrots together in a boll. In a pan on medium heat, heat bacon fat, add flour, whisking and cooking for a couple minutes. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Pour in milk and whisk together until thickened. Add cheese and stir together. Pour sauce over bowl of pasta and stir together. Pour into 8″x8″ pan and spread out. Sprinkle reserved cheese on top. Bake at 375F, covered, for 45 minutes. Cook uncovered for a few minutes to crisp up the cheese! This serves 3-5 depending on your appetites! We had dinner and lunch out of this.

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