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How to Make Bacon Ricotta Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese with cornflake topping in a pan.
Screenshot of Bacon Macaroni and Cheese with cornflake topping from "Un-Wine'd."

This Bacon Ricotta Macaroni and Cheese is a flavorful and creative take on a staple comfort food. The recipe pairs well with Viognier and appears in this full episode of “Un-Wined,” which airs Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on VPM PBS.

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What You Need:

  • 1 lb macaroni or small pasta, cooked
  • ½ lb bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Small bowl
  • 3-quart baking pan
  • nonstick or release spray

  • 2 ¼ c. milk
  • 15 oz ricotta
  • 8 oz mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 8 oz grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Saucepan
  • Large bowl
  • 2 c. corn flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chopped chives


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 F. 

Step 2: Place the macaroni in a large bowl and add the beaten egg. Then stir to coat. 

Step 3: In a 3-quart saucepan, sauté the bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. 

Step 4: Add the onion to the saucepan, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onion is translucent. 

Step 5: Add 1 tbsp. butter and ¼ c flour to the saucepan and then cook for 2 minutes while stirring frequently.

Step 6: Add milk to the saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes while continuing to stir frequently.

Step 7: Add ricotta, mascarpone (or cream cheese), cheddar cheese and salt.

Step 8: Now add the sauce to the macaroni bowl and stir through. 

Step 9: Then pour into a 3-quart baking pan that’s sprayed well with a release or nonstick spray. Place the baking pan in the oven and cook it for 20 minutes. 

Step 10: In a small bowl, mix together cornflakes, chives and 1 tbsp. butter. Then sprinkle the mix over the hot mac and cheese, and then return it to the oven for 30 minutes.

Step 11: Serve hot and enjoy!

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