Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Bring 2 qts of water to boil and add salt (this is for cooking noodles)
In medium sauce pan cook bacon over medium heat until crisp and then chop up into pieces
Pour all but 1 tablespoon of fat out of pan and brown onions
Add garlic at the end for about 1 minute
Leave a little bit of a crunch to the onions as they will soften once baked in the oven
In 2 quart saucepan or Dutch oven, melt the butter over a low heat
Whisk in the flour after butter melts and cook for 5 minutes or until it turns a straw like color
Slowly add milk while mixing to keep the sauce from getting lumps
Cook for 5-6 mins until it starts to bubble and thicken
Stir in cream cheese until thoroughly mixed
Next, stir in cheddar cheese and seasonings; Turn off heat once mixed in
Pour in macaroni half way through making the sauce so it will be ready when sauce is done
Boil macaroni for about 2/3 the recommended time so it is still slightly chewy (we did 6 minutes)
The macaroni will soften up while it bakes in the oven
Drain the noodles and combine them with cheese sauce, onions and bacon and mix thoroughly
Pour mixture into 2 quart oven safe dish or individual baking dishes
Sprinkle with shredded cheese and paprika
Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until top layer of cheese has browned
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Crack-n-Cheese adapted from amazing ribswebsite.
This looks amazing! I am a huge mac and cheese fan and i love trying new recipes! thanks for sharing!
Totally pinning this. WOW!
Love all types of mac and cheese- adding this to list of ones to try 🙂
How many tbsp of flour? It just has a “T” Can’t wait to make this along with dinner tomorrow night!
Thanks Sarah for that catch! It is actually 2 Tbsp of flour and I also updated the recipe.
Oh, my! That IS crack and cheese! Holy cow that’s amazing!
Yummy, yummy, yummy! I haven’t had mac and cheese since I ate it at the CIA in New York a few years ago. (imagine!) This reminds me of their dish a lot. I’m going to try it this weekend. I’ve been craving mac and cheese for ages.
Oh I love mac and cheese! Sure looks delicious!
Alright, this one I have to try! I was looking for a something wicked to serve w boring chicken tonite. Thanks!
Yum! I can’t wait to give it a try! I linked this on my blog today for a weekly menu. Thanks!
I just tried it and it was a blast. Thanks for the receipt…
This recipe is so good ! Do you think you could do it in a crock pot?
You could try it in the crockpot but you would want to watch the noodles so that they don’t become mushy!
This is soooo awesome. I adore mac and cheese, and this just became my new fave recipe. I usually never follow recipes exactly, but I did with this one. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks!!
I’m so glad you like it!! This is definitely one of our favorites as well.
How many servings does this recipe make?
Hey Katie – it makes about 4 servings as a side and 2 for a main dish.
Oh my gosh. A new favorite. My tummy loves you but my thighs resent you just a bit. ; )
Haha I love it! Don’t worry my thighs hated me too.
This is a keeper! I like the recipe, except for the unfortunate use of the word ‘crack’ in the title. I will call it “Crazy Good Mac & Cheese.”
I tried making this the other day – seriously, BEST MAC AND CHEESE EVER. it was amazing. I made it without bacon because I’m vegetarian, and it was still amazing. Only bad thing – now I c an never have another mac and cheese again because I know how good it can really taste 🙂
Hey Hailey! I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe! It has definitely been a favorite of ours.
I made myself this recipe for dinner tonight and it is truly delicious. I know you said it isn’t exactly a healthy but I substituted some ingredients and shed nearly 140 cals per serving and over 30g of fat! Just little things like using light cream cheese, skim milk, turkey bacon, and light cheddar cheese really make a difference, and it still tastes so freakin’ delicious!
I have been making your recipe for almost a year now and THANK YOU!!! even though we are a family of 2, we have to double it because there is never enough! hands down this is THE BEST homemade mac and cheese I have ever had! ever!
I am so happy that come back to let me know that you enjoy the recipe. This is still our favorite mac and cheese recipe as well.
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Looks great, but only 4 oz of macaroni for all that cheese? That is a quarter of a box? That will feed 4? Most mac and cheese recipes call for a lot more macaroni. Was that a misprint?
Yes it’s only 4 oz. of noodles covered in a lot of cheese. It’s been over a year since I made the dish but it was more like a side serving for 2-3 people. Definitely worth it though.
Wow!!! I just made this, and it was sooooo good. I omitted the bacon and used light cream cheese to save a few calories, and it was still the best mac n’ cheese I’ve ever had. Amazing!!!
Awesome thanks for letting me know Jessica!
woowwww, One more different and mouthwatering dish. I always search for different types of food. “Macaroni with Cheddar cheese” sounds good and i will try it at home.
It looks really amazing and delicious 😀
It all looks delicious too me. But isn’t it a too much small macaroni for all that cheese?
Oh I love mac and cheese! Sure looks delicious! I just love your all recipes. Thumbs up for you with great love.
I love mac and cheese! Sure looks delicious!
This is soooo awesome. I adore mac and cheese, and this just became my new fave recipe.
Thanks for amazing recipe. I am gonna try it soon. It is mouth watering. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.
What the heck are Mix-Ins??
The mix-ins are the bacon and onion.
There isn’t even crack in this recipe. Very disappointing. It tasted great, but did Not get me high at all.
this recipe is really amazing i must try it
this is amazing love it
really i also love it
I also done with adore mac and cheese, and this just became my new fave recipe. I usually never follow recipes exactly, but I did with this one. I wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks!!
This is soooo awesome. I adore mac and cheese, and this just became my new fave recipe. Thank you all Sarah
Amazing recipe. I really loved it. And i will definitely try this on home Please keep sharing this. Thanks!
i just tried it and WOaHH.. love it! thanks
what an incredible and yummy it looks.. thanks for idea that I would surprise my daughter
wow, what a blog. I really liked it. Thanks for sharing.
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what a mind boggling and yummy it looks.. a debt of gratitude is in order for thought that I would amaze my little girl.
What a Perfect thing to eat crack n Cheese
Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe idea! I like this cheese recipe since it saves my time with maintaining my meal healthy! Thanks again for the recipe!
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