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Grilled Mac and Cheese

2.7/5 rating (21 votes)
  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy
Grilled Mac and Cheese


  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 stick salted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup Blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow sharp Cheddar
  • 1/2 pound of crispy cooked peppered bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned panko


Preheat grill to 350 degrees F.  Boil elbow macaroni in salted boiling water according to package directions or until al dente - drain and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and then whisk in flour to thicken, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of non-fat milk and whisk in. Begin adding cheeses 1 at a time, thoroughly whisking each cheese. If sauce becomes too thick, add remaining cup of milk. Once all cheeses are blended add salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and heavy cream. Add elbows to mixture and stir again. Add cooked bacon and stir again.  Once combined well, add to a cast iron 9 by 13-inch rectangle casserole dish, and sprinkle top with panko and an additional 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Place on grill for 12 minutes. Let stand a few minutes before serving.

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