Creamy Dreamy Mac ‘N Cheese

First you start with bacon.....do you really need to know the rest? When you try this Mac 'N Cheese you'll never go back to the box!

Mac 'N Cheese Grown Up Style

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Serves: 6 Total Time: 1 hour


  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive OIl
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced (Trader Joe’s has bags of precut butternut squash)
  • 1 pound Bacon, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups gruyere, grated
  • 1-teaspoon nutmeg (fresh grated is the best to use!)
  • 2 cups black kale, deribbed and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups gruyere, grated
  • 1/2-cup mascarpone
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chipotle powder (you can substitute 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika)
  • 2 cups bread crumbs (you can substitute panko)
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to tasted
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped


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