Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. unsalted butter , for greasing

  2. 8 ounces macaroni

  3. 2 1/2 cups cold milk

  4. 4 ounces provolone cheese , coarsely grated

  5. 4 ounces aged asiago cheese , coarsely grated

  6. 2 large eggs

  7. 2 scallions , white and green parts, chopped

  8. 3 slices white sandwich bread , torn into small pieces

  9. 3 strips bacon

  10. 1 medium onion , chopped

  11. 1 clove garlic, minced

  12. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  13. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  14. kosher salt

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Butter a 2-quart shallow casserole dish.

  3. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes.

  4. Drain; transfer the pasta to the prepared casserole dish along with 1/4 cup of the cold milk.

  5. (This will cool the pasta and prevent it from becoming gummy.)

  6. Meanwhile, mix the cheeses together in a small bowl.

  7. Beat the eggs with 1/4 cup of the milk in a medium bowl.

  8. Add the scallions, bread and half of the cheese to the egg mixture; set aside.

  9. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain.

  10. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings from the pan.

  11. Add the onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until just brown, about 4 minutes.

  12. Stir in the flour, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt; cook for 2 minutes.

  13. Slowly add the remaining 1 3/4 cups milk and 3/4 cup water to the skillet.

  14. Bring to a boil, whisking until thick.

  15. Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk to cool slightly.

  16. Whisk in the remaining cheese.

  17. Add the sauce to the macaroni; stir to combine.

  18. Crumble up the bacon and add it to the egg/bread mixture.

  19. Spread evenly over the pasta.

  20. Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 35 to 40 minutes.

  21. Remove from the oven; let sit 5 minutes before serving. ~

  22. Photograph by Tina Rupp


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