Gruyere Mac & Cheese #sidedishes

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Mac & Cheese is on the most well-received side dish list every day of the week! But it can get a little blah for anyone not sitting at the kiddie table. So why not liven it up with – first of all, homemade cheese sauce. Second, play with some different cheese – like this delicious Gruyere Mac & Cheese.

Gruyere Mac & Cheese

Gruyere cheese is similar to Swiss cheese in that it has a mild, nutty flavor that melts well. Making it perfect for a deliciously decadent cheese sauce over a simple pasta. Making a cheese sauce is really simple once you have the roux down – butter and flour need to be cooked just right to perfectly thicken the sauce without tasting like butter or flour. It’s a balance that, once mastered, can be used to create any flavored sauce you want.

Gruyere Mac & Cheese

I like to include the crispy bacon on top, but its just an extra. You could totally leave it out if you are vegetarian or looking for a #meatlessmonday dish. When it comes to pasta selection I just like to think about the aesthetic of the dish. I always stick with short or long depending what the recipe calls for. Basically, almost all pasta has the same taste, but it’s about how the pasta holds the sauce and how it stands up to the protein (if there is any).

When I made this, I served it up with my Oven Fried Chicken and it was such a good pairing. The great thing about my chicken is that you marinate it all day in a delicious combination of Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard. You really won’t believe that this chicken is not deep fried but just cooked in the oven for a bit!

Oven Fried Chicken w/ Gruyere Mac & Cheese

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!

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Gruyere Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese for grown-ups!!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, gruyere, gruyere mac & cheese, mac & cheese, pasta dishes, pasta side dish, Side Dish, side dish ideas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • ½ lb Bacon cut into ½-inch pieces
  • lb Short Pasta rotini, shells, penne, etc.
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • cup Chicken Stock
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 lb Gruyere Cheese cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup Parmasean Cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp Parsley for ganish

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to a paper towel covered plate.
  • Add pasta to boiling water. Cook as directed on package. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Return to pot, away from heat.
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk in flour. Let cook for 3 minutes, then whisk in chicken broth. Let cook for 3 minutes then whisk in heavy cream. Cook for 3 minutes then add cheese, one handful at a time until fully melted.
  • Pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Serve with garnished with bacon and parsely.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

4 thoughts on “Gruyere Mac & Cheese #sidedishes

  1. Oh, that looks really good! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Link Party 25. Pinned!

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