Bacon and Mac and Cheese

What can beat homemade creamy and cheesy mac and cheese?  Absolutely nothing!  O(∩_∩)O~ 

 Since a pasta machine was given to me as a holiday gift last year, I became obsessed with making all kinds of noodles and pasta at home.

For the pasta:

250 g all purpose flour
95 liquid including 1 large egg + water



There are different discs for making different pasta.  I am using the penny disc. 

Although the pasta machine  comes with a couple measuring cups, I still strong recommend weigh the ingredients with a digital kitchen scale.  Measuring ingredients by volume and by weights could end with different results. 


Add 250 g all purpose flour to the pasta machine

Whisk egg and water together

Start the machine and choose 300g and then press “start”

Add liquid from top

The dough is being mixed

When the kneading is finished, I usually pause the machine for 10 minutes so that the dough can rest.  The pasta will taste better with extra resting time.

With a dough scraper, cut the pasta they way you like it.  The machine comes with a plastic one which I don’t like. 

Freshly homemade penn

Now it is time to boil some penne!


300 g freshly made penne
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 cloves of garlic, peel and minced
1/4  teaspoon onion powder
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt to taste
bacon crumbles
panko bread crumbs



Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add salt and penne.  Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until al dente.  Drain and rinse under cold running water for a few seconds.  Drain well.

Preheat a toaster oven to 425F/218 C

Dice the cheese.

Heat a medium cast iron pan  over medium heat.  Add butter and minced garlic.  Cook for about 1 minute. 

Add flour, onion powder and black pepper.  Cook until the flour turns slightly yellow.  Add milk.

When the milk is heated but not boils yet, add diced cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese. 

Whisk and cook until the cheese is completely melted.

Add cooked penne and parmesan chees

With a wooden spoon, mix everything together; divide into two small cast iron pans; and top with bacon and bread crumbs. 

Bake them in the toaster oven  for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 

Serve immediately.