Bacon and Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 75 min
  • serves 6

This dish is versatile and serves 6 as a tasty main or 10 to 12 as a scrumptious side.

20 Ratings
Directions for: Bacon and Brussels Sprout Mac and Cheese


4 cups Brussels sprouts, on the larger side, or 1 large stalk


1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 oz centre-cut bacon or pancetta, chopped

3 Tbsp butter

3 - 4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 onion, chopped

freshly ground black pepper

3 Tbsp flour

½ cup dry white wine

1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated

1 cup chicken stock

3 cups whole milk

nutmeg, freshly grated

1 lb(s) cavatappi (hollow short curls of pasta with lines) or penne

1 cup white sharp Cheddar, shredded

1 cup Gruyere, shredded


1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. With a sharp paring knife, core the Brussels sprouts and separate the leaves; place in a large bowl.

2. Heat a large pot of water to boil and salt the water. Parboil the leaves to tender crisp, 2 minutes. Remove with a spider, drain and cool. Dry the leaves on a kitchen towel.

3. Add more water to fill the pot back up for the pasta, return to a boil. Heat a saucepot over medium heat; add the EVOO and brown the bacon. Remove and drain.

4. Pour off most of the drippings, then add the butter and melt. Add the garlic and onions, stir 5 minutes. Add a little salt and pepper, then stir in the flour for 1 minute.

5. Whisk in the wine to deglaze the saucepot. Whisk in the stock and then the milk. Season with a little bit of nutmeg. Thicken the sauce to coat the back of a spoon.

6. Reduce the heat to low. Boil the pasta to just shy of al dente, 5 to 6 minutes, drain. Stir two-thirds each of the Cheddar, Gruyere and Parmigiano-Reggiano into the sauce in a figure-eight motion.

7. Drain the pasta, then toss with the Brussels sprouts, bacon and sauce, and pour into a baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese. Cool and store for a make-ahead meal, or bake to serve. Place into the oven and bake until heated through and bubbly and brown on top.

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