Kimchi Bacon Mac & Cheese

Korean Fusion's avatar
Korean Fusion

Ingredients

Pasta

  • 1
    pound Short pasta, such as penne rigate, elbow macaroni, or fusilli

Kimchi bacon base

  • 3
    tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1
    tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8
    ounces Bacon
    diced
  • 1
    tablespoon unsalted butter
    if needed
  • 14
    ounces Kimchi (store-bought is fine)
    drained and chopped

Cheese & milk

  • 2
    cups milk
    whole or partly skimmed
  • 12
    ounces cheese
    (grated cheddar, comté, or a combination of both )

Garnish

  • cheese
    freshly grated
  • black pepper
    freshly cracked
  • green onion
    chopped

Instructions

1
Cook 1 pound Short pasta, such as penne rigate, elbow macaroni, or fusilli, per packaging instruction.
2
Prepare 8 ounces Bacon (diced) and 14 ounces Kimchi (store-bought is fine) (drained and chopped).Cook the bacon over medium-high heat in a large heavy bottom pot, such as dutch oven, for about 7 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and starting to crisp. If there’s more than 3 tablespoons of rendered fat, omit adding the butter. Otherwise, add 11 tablespoon unsalted butter (if needed)
3
Cook the bacon over medium-high heat in a large heavy bottom pot, such as dutch oven, for about 7 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and starting to crisp. There should be about 2-3 tablespoons of rendered fat. If not, add 1 tablespoon of butter. Otherwise, add chopped kimchi and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes.
4
When the kimchi has caramelized, add 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, sauté for about a minute until the flour absorbs the fat and becomes thick.
5
Add 2 cups milk (whole or partly skimmed), stirring constantly, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring, until the sauce is slightly thickened (about 2 mins). Add 12 ounces cheese ( (grated cheddar, comté, or a combination of both )) and stir until cheeses are fully melted. Stir in the cooked pasta.
6
Turn off the heat. Garnish with cheese (freshly grated), green onion (chopped), black pepper (freshly cracked) and serve at once.
Share
Korean Fusion's avatar
Cook 1 pound Short pasta, such as penne rigate, elbow macaroni, or fusilli, per packaging instruction.