Bacon Mac and Cheese

Chef Michael Symon revamps this classic comfort food into a grown-up version. Featuring nutty alpine-style cheese and bacon, this smooth and smoky American dish will captivate the taste buds.

Wisconsin Cheese Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe
Active Time
45 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Alpine-Style can be used in this recipe.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons hot pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain. Set aside.
  3. Pour cream in a Dutch oven; sprinkle with rosemary. Bring cream mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Gently boil cream until reduced by half, whisking constantly.
  4. Reduce heat to low; gradually whisk in Little Mountain until melted. Add the macaroni, reserved pasta water and bacon; heat through, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chives.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Little Mountain is a washed rind, alpine-style cheese that’s aged and has a smooth, nutty flavor. In 2016, this special cheese received top honors, winning Best of Show in the American Cheese Society's competition.

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