If you ask your kid for a pie suggestion...odds are they will most likely ask for a Macaroni Pie. Here's a way to do it without breaking open a box of Kraft. And the bacon...well, that's the fix-it for all the world's problems. :o)
BTW, there is nothing lo-cal about this recipe. So don't kid yourself. You're gonna be a rule-breaker tonight.
Speaking of which, you definitely need to pan under this in the oven to catch the drippings.
- 1 baked pie shell
- 4 cups macaroni, uncooked
- 5 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup butter*
- 1/4 flour
- 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons mustard powder
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 pound grated cheese -- equal parts gruyere, sharp cheddar, & brie (no rind)
- Salt and Pepper
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- *I actually think you can probably use the rendered bacon fat for this. Unfortunately, I accidentally burned my first attempt at the roux and had to resort to the originally suggested butter.
Preheat oven to 425°.
Cook the macaroni then drain and set aside.
Cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside on a paper towel to drain.
Create a roux by melting the butter over medium-low heat then whisking in the flour. Continue to stir as the mixture cooks for 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in the cream and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to create a bechamel.
Stir in mustard powder.
In a small bowl, stir the egg yolk then take some of your bechamel and whisk it into the bowl of yolk. This tempers your egg and, if done right, will prevent you from ending up with scrambled egg.
Whisk the tempered egg mixture into the bechamel.
Add the cheese and stir until it melts, creating a cheese sauce.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the cheese sauce and bacon over the pasta and carefully mix.
Fill the pie crust with the mac 'n cheese. (You will have left over pasta...so don't fret.)
Weave the bacon over the top of the pie to create a lattice pattern.
Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of the pie.
Bake until the bacon is cooked, about 15 minutes.
Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes to help the pie set. Then serve warm.