Not Your Grandmother's Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 cup coarse dry bread crumbs
  • 2 TBSP fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 -1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • 1 TBSP minced chives
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound macaroni

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt one tablespoon butter in olive oil. Add bacon, bread crumbs, parsley, zest and crushed pepper, tossing well.
  2. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan. Add garlic and cook, stirring about 30 seconds.
  3. Add cream and simmer, stirring until reduced by 1/3.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan, goat cheese and chives. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add macaroni to boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain and transfer to serving bowl. Add cheese mixture and toss. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture on top and serve.

Yield: 8 servings