Rachel Maria's Mac-N-Cheese

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Who doesn’t like Mac-N-Cheese? It’s quick, easy, inexpensive, and oh, so yummy. Did you know that you can serve Mac-N-Cheese at a fancy Cocktail Party? I did, and it was a big hit!

Last Friday, I hosted our first party at The House on High Street! It was a celebratory “Thank You” Cocktail Party for all the contractors who helped make our vision, for the house, come to reality. As the saying goes, “Good help is hard to find.” I firmly believe that once you find someone or something valuable, do your part to show your appreciation.

I imagine entertaining will be a bit easier, next time. Scott and I are still finishing important projects in the house; such as doorknobs, paint touch-ups that our painters skimped out on (No, they did not receive an invite), and safety features such as lighting outside and railings, etc. We were just barely ready, on time. Our first guests arrived before the appetizers were ready, and while Scott was still in sweatpants. Yet, we somehow pulled it off. For our first event, I’d say it was a success.

This Mac-N-Cheese Recipe is something I created a few years ago, at home one night, when I didn’t have much time nor items in the fridge. It’s quick, inexpensive, and easy to make. As most of my recipes, you can tweak it dozens of ways by adding or subtracting ingredients (i.e. porcini mushrooms are great to add). I must warn you that this is far from a low calorie meal. I recommend making it, scarcely, without skimping. For extra pizazz, incorporate a little Pancetta with or in lieu of bacon, and drizzle a few tablespoons of truffle oil, before serving.

I can guarantee that you will be tempted for more…and more…and more. So, I’m sorry, and You’re welcome.

Rachel Maria’s Mac-N-Cheese

Yield: 4-6

Rachel Maria’s Mac-N-Cheese


  • 2 large Sweet Onions
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
  • A half package of Bacon
  • 2 Cups of Shredded Cheese (Asiago or Cooper Sharp are BEST!)
  • 1 Lb. of Pasta (Cavetelli is my first preference. Any dense pasta works well, really.)


  1. Cook pasta cook according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skilled, on a medium high flame, fry 2 sliced or chopped onions with a package of butter. 5 minutes into the process, add bacon that has been cut into bite sized pieces. Stir, frequently.
  3. Place drained pasta in a large bowl and return to pan.
  4. Pour fried onions, melted butter, and bacon over pasta.
  5. Add cheese. Toss.
  6. Add salt if desired.
  7. Serve with a light salad and good wine!
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