Recipe: Baked Macaroni & Cheese-Texas Style

  • 1 lb -thick cut bacon (cooked, chopped)
  • 1 lb -macaroni elbows (large)
  • 1/3 cup +1/4 cup -butter (divided)
  • 1 -8 oz plain cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup -onion (finely chopped)
  • 6 tbsp -all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp -ground mustard
  • 3/4 tsp -kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp -ground black pepper
  • 4-1/2 cups -whole milk
  • 4 cups -shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup -crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1/4 cup -chopped jalapeno peppers
Finished product should be lightly browned on the top
Cooking Instructions
  1. Boil water to cook macaroni, add salt to the water if desired.
  2. While macaroni is cooking, start preparing the bacon in a frying pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ยฐ and cook macaroni according to package directions for al dente; when finished drain water and rinse elbows with cold water.
  4. In a dutch oven style pot, heat 1/3 cup butter over medium heat; and saute onion until tender.
  5. Slowly stir in flour and seasonings until blended
  6. Gradually stir in milk, then cream cheese and bring to a light boil, stirring constantly; until it starts to thicken, and you can add a little extra milk if necessary to even out the consistency.
  7. Next stir in sharp cheddar cheese until completely melted. then stir in cooled macaroni.
  8. Blend in chopped Jalapeno peppers and bacon.
  9. Transfer the entire mixture in to a greased 13″x 9″ inch baking dish.
  10. In a microwave, melt remaining butter; toss together with breadcrumbs made from the Ritz crackers and sprinkle over casserole.
    Bake uncovered until heated through approximately 30-35 minutes.

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