Mountain Man Mac & Cheese

September 17, 2014 by Kenmore

I grew up in Montana and wanted to pay homage to my home state with a hearty, meaty, macaroni & cheese. This dish is loaded with sausage, bacon, dried cranberries, and nuts and is sure to make every mountain man proud.


preparation time
30 mins

cook time




4 cup cream or half and half

16 ounces elbow macaroni

6 slices of thick cut bacon diced

4 ounces hot ground sausage

8 ounces shredded monterey jack cheese

8 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese

0.25 cup dried cranberries finely chopped

0.25 cup chopped pecans

0.25 cup chopped walnuts


Step 1

Pour half and half or heavy cream into a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium low heat until reduced by half.

Step 2

White cream is reducing, prepare macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon and sausage in a medium saucepan over medium heat until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer meat to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Step 4

Reserve 1/4 cup each of the pepper jack and Monterey jack cheese. Place remaining cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Pour hot cream over cheese and whisk until smooth. Pour sauce over macaroni noodles and stir in the bacon and sausage. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 pan.

Step 4

Sprinkle remaining cheese over casserole. Top with cranberries, pecans, and walnut. Place uncovered in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbly around the edges. Enjoy!


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