I’ve got 99 problems and they’re all carbs. With the weather slowly dropping down to single digits, my poor little self just needed something that was comforting and hearty. This two-in-one comfort meal pretty much nailed what I was longing for. It’s obviously not the healthiest meal I could’ve came up with but my soul feels satisfied and sometimes that’s more important than watching your macros. Everything in moderation 😉

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This recipe is so simple. Cook up some bacon, make the mac and cheese, throw it on some sourdough bread and grill to your hearts content. Enjoy!

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Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich with Bacon

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 slices of bread (I chose sourdough)
  • 1-2 tablespoon butter to spread on bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices bacon
  • ½ cup mac and cheese (recipe follows)
  • 5-6 jalapeno slices, pan seared (optional)
Mac and Cheese | Serves 8
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups extra-sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
Directions
  1. Spread butter on both slices of bread; set aside. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Melt half of butter, then place one slice of bread, butter side down, into pan. Layer with sliced cheese, bacon, mac and cheese and jalpaenos if using. Top with second slice of bread, butter side up. Cook until bottom piece of bread is golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Lift sandwich and add remaining butter. Flip sandwich and gently press down sandwich for even cooking. Cook until second side is golden brown. Remove from heat. Serve immediately.
  2. To make Easy Mac and Cheese
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cover a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to a slight simmer (tiny bubbles will appear at edge of pan). Remove from heat.
  5. In second saucepan over medium heat melt butter over medium. Add the flour and stir to combine. Cook until mixture starts to just turn brown color, about 3 minutes. Gradually add in milk and stir constantly until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the dry mustard, salt, and pepper. Add the cheese and stir until completely melted. Salt and pepper to taste. Add elbow macaroni and stir to coat.
  6. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Bake until top starts brown and bubble, about 30 minutes.

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