Blue Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

Comfort is king in my home, and our king’s throne is located in the kitchen.  Like a great, woolen blanket over cold toes, comfort food is the most…well…comforting thing in the world.  Personally, I find the best types of comfort food involve copious amounts of starch and cheese and a tiny bite of heat.  It’s also of chief importance that comfort food can be easily eaten out of a bowl.  I can’t be bothered by plates, knives, or linen napkins when I’m in need of the warm embrace of comfort food.

We’re so close to our holiday that waking up in the morning has gotten difficult.  Our flannel sheets are so cosy that I just want to settle in for a lengthy hibernation.  After arriving home for work, all I want to do is curl up with a bowl of something comforting, flip on my Bing Crosby vinyl, and snuggle with the mister.  Tonight, I combined several of my favorite things—blue cheese, bacon, beef, sharp cheddar cheese, and macaroni—into a comforting and highly caloric concoction that I just have to share.

Ingredients:

For the béchamel sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 ¼ cup milk, heated
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce

For the macaroni:

  • 1 pound macaroni noodles {whole wheat}
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • ½ pound bacon, crumbled
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup béchamel sauce

To make the béchamel sauce, melt two tablespoons of unsalted butter in the same pan in which you cooked the bacon and beef.  Then, whisk in two tablespoons of flour and continue whisking for two minutes over medium heat.  After that, pour in the heated milk {I heated mine in a microwave safe pitcher} and continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil.  Once you feel the sauce growing thicker, whisk in the grated sharp cheddar.  Add salt & pepper to taste as well as a few dashes of hot sauce.  Remove from heat.

Begin the macaroni by frying the bacon in a hot pan.  Remove from heat once the bacon is crispy.  Then, cook the ground beef in the bacon drippings and drain well.

In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a rapid boil.  The noodles should cook no more than eight minutes.  Remove from heat and drain.  Then, mix everything together—the beef, bacon, blue cheese, béchamel sauce, and noodles.

Pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish and top with the additional sharp cheddar cheese.  Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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