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Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

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Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni This is a great dish that incorporates macaroni and cheese with tiny little burgers. I came up with this dish when I trying to cook delicious food for my nephew who was recuperating from a surgery. He loves macaroni can cheese and really loves cheese burgers.. so I decided to incorporate all of those ingredients into this dish.

I had to add some veggies- so decided to add some chopped carrots and peas. I flavored the ground beef with garlic and parsley and made tiny little burgers. I used pancetta and shallots to give yummy flavor to the béchamel sauce. All in all it was a delicious concoction. It was a special treat for him and I was glad I could come up with something he would enjoy….

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the ground beef, garlic, parsley and salt in a small bowl and keep aside for ½ an hour. Form tiny patties, about ½ an inch in diameter and place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, till they are formed on the outside. Take out and keep aside.

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pancetta, chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt
  • ½ pound cooked elbow pasta (slightly underdone)

Heat a frying pan with the olive oil. Add the pancetta and sauté on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the shallot and sauté for another 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the butter and flour and mix with a wooden spoon and cook for a minute on medium heat. Slowly add the milk and whisk to avoid lumps. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly till the liquid is thickened. Add the carrots and peas and cook with the lid on for about 5 minutes or till the carrots are soft. Add the cheese, pasta and burger patties. Taste for seasonings and add salt. Mix well and serve hot.

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