Blue Cheese, Bacon & Roasted Pear Macaroni

December 18, 2014

Most of the time, I am not completely satisfied with a dish unless there is a hint of sweet somewhere. Stir fry, salads, paninis, whatever. A drizzle of honey or tossing in some dried fruit completes it for me. I have an unrelenting sweet tooth, so that certainly plays into my culinary preferences.

Throwing some roasted pears into this bold, savory blue cheese macaroni was crazy good. And I probably ate it for like, six meals in a row surrounding Thanksgiving this year. Full disclosure: I even had it for breakfast on at least one occasion.

BLUE CHEESE, BACON & ROASTED PEAR MACARONI from Rachel SchultzBLUE CHEESE, BACON & ROASTED PEAR MACARONI
Serves 5-6

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 onion, sliced
2 pears, peeled and diced
1 pound macaroni, cooked al dente
8 ounces white cheddar, shredded
3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup flour
2 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season the onion with salt & pepper and caramelize over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. About 8 minutes before the end of onion cook time, add pears to skillet. Then, add flour, milk, and cheeses. Stir until melted. Season with salt & pepper. Toss with pasta and bacon crumbles.

BLUE CHEESE, BACON & ROASTED PEAR MACARONI from Rachel Schultz

Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes.

BLUE CHEESE, BACON & ROASTED PEAR MACARONI from Rachel Schultz

BLUE CHEESE, BACON & ROASTED PEAR MACARONI
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 pears, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound macaroni, cooked al dente
  • 8 ounces white cheddar, shredded
  • 3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Season the onion with salt & pepper and caramelize over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. About 8 minutes before the end of onion cook time, add pears to skillet.
  4. Then, add flour, milk, and cheeses. Stir until melted. Season with salt & pepper.
  5. Toss with pasta and bacon crumbles.
  6. Transfer to a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes.

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Comments

  • Michael Gunn

    Girley … I’m starting to LIKE YOU!!

  • Caroline

    I am so glad I found your website! New to the ‘wife life’ i need all the help I can get! Can’t wait to smash out some of these recipes. They’re so easy! :D

  • Where do we use the butter?

  • Julie

    Am fixing this now. I assume the 3 tbsp. of butter go in with the onions? Can’t wait to try this. I love your website. Thank you!

  • Wow! I kind of want to take an 1h30 bus trip and spend 15 dollars just to make this amazing-looking mac’n’cheese! I looooove blue cheese…and I have that same unrelenting sweet tooth you mention!

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