Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Pepperjack Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Heidi Published: December 16, 2020 Modified: June 1, 2021

Give your usual macaroni and cheese by adding up some delicious bacon, roasted brussels sprouts, and plenty of Pepperjack cheese!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1lbbrussels sprouts,quartered
  • 1red onion,peeled, vertically sliced
  • 1garlic cloves,head, peeled
  • 2tbspcanola,or vegetable oil
  • 12ozevaporated milk,2%
  • 2large eggs
  • ½tspsalt
  • ¼tspblack pepper,ground
  • 8ozelbow macaroni,or other pasta
  • 1tbspbutter
  • 8bacon,strips, cooked, diced
  • 8ozpepperjack cheese,freshly shredded
  • ¼cupParmesan cheese,plus extra for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl, toss the brussels sprouts and red onion with 2 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil.

  3. Season with extra salt and pepper. Place the vegetables on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil, and give it a shake so that they spread out in an even layer.

  4. Divide out the garlic cloves and wrap them in aluminum foil to form a sealed packet, and place them in a corner of the baking sheet.

  5. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and just beginning to brown around the edges. Remove.

  6. While the vegetables are roasting, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, and then return the pasta to the pot and toss with butter over medium-high heat until melted.

  7. In a separate bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, eggs, salt, and pepper until combined. As soon as the butter is melted with the macaroni, pour in the evaporated milk mixture and stir until combined.

  8. Continue cooking over medium-high heat for about 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sauce comes to a simmer.

  9. Remove pan from heat and stir in the bacon, grated Pepperjack, and Parmesan until melted. Then gently stir in the roasted vegetables until combined.

  10. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The Pepperjack cheese will melt better if you shred a block by yourself.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 1018.73kcal
  • Fat: 64.52g
  • Saturated Fat: 27.49g
  • Trans Fat: 0.90g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23.80g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.88g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.29g
  • Fiber: 6.72g
  • Sugar: 14.79g
  • Protein: 44.87g
  • Cholesterol: 227.73mg
  • Sodium: 1039.19mg
  • Calcium: 801.37mg
  • Potassium: 1078.13mg
  • Iron: 3.43mg
  • Vitamin A: 337.44µg
  • Vitamin C: 100.55mg
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