Brie and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Brie and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

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Course: Main
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka

Ingredients

  • 8 oz/250 gr brie cheese
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme leaves only
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lbs penne or any other short pasta
  • 3 tbsp fresh Parmesan cheese grated
  • 4 strips bacon
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.
  • Slice the top rind off your brie and lay sliced garlic and thyme leaves directly on it.
  • Put it in a small baking dish and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until completely melted.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package directions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, slice the bacon and fry it over medium heat, remove to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb some fat.
  • When pasta is cooked, take the pot off the heat and drain the water while reserving a cup for later use. Return pasta to the pot and mix in 2 tbsp. of grated parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp of butter, and salt and pepper. Then add a few splashes (1/2 cup) of reserved water to make it a bit runny. Cover with a lid and set aside.
  • When brie is completely melted pour it in the pasta with a bit more water if the sauce gets too thick to stir. You want pasta to be fluid not solid. Then stir in bacon pieces.
  • Pour the pasta into a buttered baking dish and sprinkle with remaining parmesan. Bake at 350F/180C for 20-30 minutes until macaroni and cheese is heated through and forms a golden crust on top.