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Thanksgiving is this week, and whether you are celebrating with family or alone, you will want this Thanksgiving Mac & Cheese Recipe! Hands down one of my best dishes on Bobby Boyd Living… might as well start calling me Chef Boyd-ardee. 👨‍🍳

Previously I made a low-carb mac and cheese with cauliflower. While that was an AMAZING dish, perfect for those on a keto diet or watching their carb intake, but… Sometimes you need the real deal.

For those of you who are ready to step up your mac game… this is the recipe you want before you head into a food coma. 😴

The combination of 5 cheese variants, milk, butter, and the tenderly cooked macaroni makes this recipe insanely delicious. The best part is the crunchy topping made with bacon and panko breadcrumbs…

Ingredients Needed For The Thanksgiving Mac & Cheese Recipe

For the Pasta:

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Salt to taste

For the Creamy Sauce:

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • American cheese, shredded
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Ground black pepper to taste

For the Topping:

  • Bacon, chopped
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Chopped garlic
  • Chili flakes
  • Parsley to garnish, optional

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Let’s Make This Bad Boy…

Preheat your oven to 400 F.

Pour some water into a large deep pot and place on high heat. Add in some salt and leave it to boil.

Then to make the toppings…

Turn the bacon into the skillet, stir and cook for up to 5 minutes on medium heat. It will produce enough fat to cook itself in, so you don’t need to add any oil. As it continues to sizzle and brown, add in the garlic, chili flakes, and panko breadcrumbs… The breadcrumbs will soak up the fat.

…Stir and let it cook for 2 more minutes before letting it down from the heat. Transfer it into a bowl and set aside.

Melt your butter in the skillet on high heat. Once it’s melted, add in the flour and stir to combine both ingredients into a thick, smooth paste. Turn the heat down to medium…

Add the milk, stir and leave it to boil and thicken for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, transfer the uncooked elbow macaroni into the pot of boiling water from step-1. Cover it up and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Once the milk has thickened nicely, add in all 5 cheese variants and stir until they all melt into the milk and form a thick, creamy, and gooey sauce. This should take up to 5-7 minutes.

Note:

You can use any of your favorite kinds of cheese for this recipe. You don’t have to use up to 5 different types, but where’s the fun in that?

After the macaroni has cooked for 5 minutes, set it down from the heat and strain out the hot water. Run cold water through it to wash off excess starch.

Pour the cooked macaroni into the creamy cheese sauce and stir to fold it in. Sprinkle in black pepper to taste and stir some more to distribute the flavor. Let it down from the heat.

Spread the topping evenly atop the mac & cheese. Place your yummy looking dish in the oven to bake for 6 minutes. Once it is done, serve immediately.

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Thanksgiving Mac & Cheese Recipe

Bobby Boyd
This Thanksgiving Mac & Cheese Recipe is insanely delicious. The 5 different cheese combo, milk, and pasta topped with bacon and panko breadcrumbs packs in a kick of delicious flavors you'd never forget in a hurry.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Baking Time 6 mins
Total Time 1 hr 6 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Large deep pot
  • Large non-stick skillet
  • Wooden spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Strainer
  • Bowls

Ingredients
  

For the Pasta:

  • 2 cups of Elbow macaroni
  • Salt to taste

For the Creamy Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons of Butter
  • 3 tablespoons of Flour
  • 3 cups of Milk
  • 1 cup of American cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Ground black pepper to taste

For the Topping:

  • Bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons of Chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Chili flakes
  • Parsley to garnish, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  • Pour some water into a large deep pot and place on high heat. Add in some salt and leave it to boil.
  • For the Topping – Turn the bacon into the skillet, stir and cook for up to 5 minutes on medium heat. It will produce enough fat to cook itself in, so you don’t need to add any oil. As it continues to sizzle and brown, add in the garlic, chili flakes, and breadcrumbs, stir and let it cook for 2 more minutes before letting it down from the heat. Transfer it into a bowl and set aside.
  • Melt your butter in the skillet on high heat. Once it’s melted, add in the flour and stir to combine both ingredients into a thick, smooth paste. Turn the heat down to medium; add the milk, stir and leave it to boil and thicken for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, transfer the uncooked elbow macaroni into the pot of boiling water from step-1. Cover it up and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Once the milk has thickened nicely, add in all 5 cheese variants and stir until they all melt into the milk and form a thick, creamy, and gooey sauce. This should take up to 5-7 minutes.
  • After the macaroni has cooked for 5 minutes, set it down from the heat and strain out the hot water. Run cold water through it to wash off excess starch.
  • Pour the cooked macaroni into the creamy cheese sauce and stir to fold it in. Sprinkle in black pepper to taste and stir some more to distribute the flavor. Let it down from the heat.
  • Spread the topping evenly atop the mac & cheese. Place your yummy looking dish in the oven to bake for 6 minutes. Once it is done, serve immediately.
Keyword Homemade Mac & Cheese, Mac & Cheese thanksgiving style, Macaroni & Cheese
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How’d you enjoy this recipe? Did you switch things up? I’d like to hear all about it in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving sweethearts.

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Christine Gold
Christine Gold
1 month ago

Love this!

Alane
Alane
1 month ago

You are hilarious!!! Love your recipes!!

Kathleen
Kathleen
1 month ago

Omg!!!

Justine
Justine
1 month ago

This looks amazing!! Was the bacon thick cut? I would of liked to see the cocktail you made. Hungrily waiting for the next video!

Nic Middaugh
Nic Middaugh
1 month ago

Welp- Looks like I’ll be going to the grocery store the day before thanksgiving for these ingredients haha looks sooooo good thanks!

Carol
Carol
1 month ago

Omg‼️ Definitely will be making this recipe 🍴🍸

Letty
Letty
1 month ago

I absolutely love your videos. You make it simple and easy with humor. I am doing this Mac and cheese for thanksgiving. Thank you !!!!

Ann K Leatherbury
Ann K Leatherbury
1 month ago

Looks divine, especially with your humor.

Cyndi
Cyndi
1 month ago

Hi from Boston’s North Shore

Christine Enriquez
Christine Enriquez
1 month ago

Love watching you cook…I will be making the mac n cheese with bacon soon…

Susan Rejba
Susan Rejba
1 month ago

Love you!

Angelique
Angelique
1 month ago

🔥

Joeann
Joeann
1 month ago

I am trying this for a Christmas get together! It looks divine!

April Langdale
April Langdale
27 days ago

We made this for Christmas Day! Amazing! Thanks! 🎄🎁🤶🎄

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