This little slice of heaven I made for an Ugly Sweater/ Pot Luck dinner at a friends house. With that being said, please excuse the poor picture quality, I was on a time line and needed to get a move on, but you will get the point!
The way that the crispy bacon compliments the richness and creaminess of the cheese sauce really seals the deal for me! Must say that this is my new favorite casserole to bring to our family parties, as well as a great week night dinner! I found this brilliant recipe at SouthernFood.About.com Just click the link for the original recipe!
8 Ounces Pasta
3 Tbsp Butter
4 Green Onions; sliced thinly
4 Garlic Cloves; minced
8 Bacon Slices; cooked & crumbled
1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
2 1/2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese; divided
Salt & Pepper
1 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
2 Tbsp Butter; melted
Slice the green onions thinly then cook and crumble your bacon.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta according to instructions for aldente.
In a separate sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add green onions and garlic.
Cook, stirring for about 1 minute.
Add flour and stir until well blended.
Add milk and cook stirring until thickened.
Lust look at that!
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Slowly whisk in 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese until melted.
By now your pasta should be good and done… strain and return to pot.
Pour cheese sauce over pasta
Toss well to evenly distribute.
Not the greatest picture (i was in a rush) but you get the point.
Pour into a greased casserole dish.
Toss bread crumbs with butter.
Sprinkle bacon crumbles over the pasta…
Sprinkle remaining cheese over the bacon…
The top with the bread crumbs!
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top!