Crisp air and shorter days can only mean one thing: It's time for comfort food! And I can't think of a dish I'd rather cozy up to than this rich and velvety bacon macaroni and cheese. Not only can this recipe feed your entire family, but all of the ingredients are cooked in a single pot -- that's right, even the pasta -- making cleanup a cinch.
Skillet Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
6 cups 2% milk
3/4 pound elbow macaroni
3 cups grated gouda
1 cup grated Gruyere
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
1. Cook Bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet and crumble (discard bacon fat).
2. Heat broiler. In a large straight-sided, oven-safe skillet, melt butter. Remove 1 tablespoon butter and combine with breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
3. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Very gradually whisk in milk and bring to a simmer. Add macaroni and cook, stirring constantly and scraping bottom of pan, until tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in remaining cheese and the Bacon and mustard, and season with salt and pepper. Top with breadcrumb mixture and broil until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.