Tips: For an even more indulgent version of this recipe use sausage meat instead of bacon. For a more elegant variation try using a more artisanal cheese like Oka or cave aged Gruyere. Ask your cheese monger for suggestions!
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Cook rigatoni following directions on package and set aside.
In a heavy bottom sauce pot or Dutch oven sauté bacon pieces over medium heat until cooked. Add onion and mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes until they are soft. Add garlic and smoked paprika and cook for 1 minute more.
Lower heat to medium low, add cream stock and thyme and gently simmer, gradually adding 1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese, until smoothly blended into sauce.
Add cooked pasta noodles and stir to completely coat with sauce. If using a pot, transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish otherwise leave Mac & Cheese in Dutch oven. Sprinkle evenly with bread crumbs and top with ½ cup of cheddar cheese and ¼ cup of parmesan cheese. Broil uncovered for 2 minutes or until golden brown.