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4 sandwich halves stacked on each other with mac and cheese spilling out

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese

If you've never eaten mac and cheese between two slices of bread you haven't quite lived. This grilled cheese is loaded with the most delicious mac and cheese imaginable!
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 3
Calories per serving: 666kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £2.50 / $3

Equipment

  • Large Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Whisk
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Medium Pot & Colander (for pasta)
  • Cheese Grater

Ingredients

  • 6 large slices of Sourdough Bread, (or bread of choice)
  • 3.5oz / 100g Dried Macaroni
  • 1 cup / 100g Cheese (see notes)
  • 1 cup / 250ml Milk, at room temp
  • 4-6 single rashers of Streaky Bacon, diced
  • 1 tbsp Butter, plus more to spread
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Pop your macaroni is salted boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain when needed.
  • In a large pan begin frying your bacon over medium heat. Once crispy, melt in 1 tbsp butter (remove excess bacon fat if necessary, a tsp or so will add flavour, any more starts turning the sauce greasy). Stir in 1 tbsp flour to form a paste then gradually start pouring in 1cup/250ml milk, whisking as you go to ensure no lumps form.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, add in hot sauce, garlic powder and salt & pepper (all to taste). Turn heat to very low and stir in your pasta.
  • At this point either pour pasta into a side bowl and wipe out pan ready for the grilled cheese, or leave in pan and use a second pan.
  • Spread one side of each or your slices of bread and face butter-side-down on a chopping board. Spoon in mac and cheese, top with bread then spread again with butter.
  • Transfer sandwiches to frying pan and fry each side over medium heat until golden crispy and gooey in the middle.

Quick Demo

Notes

a) Cheese - I always go for a 50/50 combo of cheddar and mozzarella. The mozzarella keeps everything compact so it doesn't spill out everywhere in the sandwich. It also gives you that glorious cheese pull. You can however use any cheese you fancy. Even just a sprinkle of mozzarella will help though.
b) Bacon - This is optional, yet oh so necessary at the same time. You can however leave it out for a vegetarian version and just start from melting the butter.
c) Calories - per grilled cheese with 50/50 cheddar mozzarella and 5 rashers bacon:
Nutrition Facts
Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 666 Calories from Fat 308
% Daily Value*
Fat 34.26g53%
Saturated Fat 9.241g58%
Trans Fat 0.307g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.728g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.431g
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 810mg35%
Potassium 525mg15%
Carbohydrates 61.56g21%
Fiber 2.8g12%
Sugar 9.09g10%
Protein 26.89g54%
Vitamin A 556IU11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 417mg42%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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