Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

I’m super excited that today’s post is sponsored by one of my favorites, Pompeian. I’ve partnered with them to create this comforting, creamy, caramelly roasted garlic, bacon, and three cheese mac and cheese perfection!

Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese | Fabtastic Eats Is there anyone who doesn’t loooove mac and cheese? What about roasted garlic? It has to be, hands down, one of my most favorite ingredients. It’s so silky, buttery, and total caramelized heaven. Even just spread on some toast..I could never get enough. If I could just wrap up roasted garlic and hand it to people for Christmas, I would definitely do that. Little gift boxes of it..so much better than cookie platters, amiright?! 😉

Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese | Fabtastic Eats Since I can’t do that, especially living 3600 miles away from everyone I’d be giving gifts too, the next best thing are gift boxes with a few of the ingredients necessary to make a favorite dish, along with a recipe card. Pompeian has done us one better this year, and created a label maker, so not only can you include olive oil in your gifts, but you can add a gorgeous family photo and type up your own personal recipe to give out.

Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese | Fabtastic Eats It’s so easy! You just fill in the blanks, upload a photo, and the label is created! All you have to do is hit ‘print’ and adhere your new label to the bottle. Voila! Nothing is more cherished or meaningful than personalized gifts or family at the holidays. You can visit Pompeian’s Facebook page to create your own personal label and share your most favorite recipes with everyone you love this season.

Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese | Fabtastic Eats Kind of how I’m sharing this mouthwatering three cheese, bacon, and roasted garlic mac and cheese. What a mouthful, but in the absolute, best, possible way. Mac & Cheese is the ultimate comfort food..and I am all about comfort and cozy around the holidays. Give me some eggnog & give me some mac and cheese…though not together. I don’t think.

Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese | Fabtastic Eats This mac and cheese is heaven, and I promise you will love it. There are two heads of roasted garlic in there, and it is scrumptious! This dish is perfect for the holiday season, sitting around a table eating and laughing with your favorite people! Enjoy!

Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese | Fabtastic Eats

Skillet Bacon and Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Caramelly roasted garlic, crispy bacon, and three cheeses, makes this Mac and Cheese creamy, perfection!

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked al dente
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 leek, sliced thin
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 ounces fontina
  • 5 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 4 ounces Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup panko
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Slice off the top of the garlic heads so the cloves are exposed. Drizzle with 1 TB olive oil and wrap in foil. Roast for 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool for a few minutes before squeezing the garlic into a small bowl and mashing well with a fork.
  2. Place bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook until crispy. Remove to paper towel-lined plate, reserve the grease. Reduce to medium heat, toss the leeks in, cooking until soft, about 4-6 minutes. Chop the bacon and toss it in with the leeks. Transfer the mix to the cooked pasta and return the skillet to the stove.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. In the same large skillet over medium heat, bring 3TB olive oil to a sizzle, whisk in the flour. Cook 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Whisk in the milk, until it begins to steam
  4. Stir in the cheese until melted. Whisk in the roasted garlic along with 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the panko with 1TB olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper.
  6. Toss the pasta mix into the cheese sauce, sprinkle with the panko and pop in the oven for 30 minutes, cooking until golden brown. Enjoy!

This is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of Pompeian. As always, all opinions are my own!

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