Thursday, September 10, 2009

May I be Frank?

All of us have that one dish that perhaps is not the best for us.....doesn't rank among the healthiest choice on the menu.....but, every once-in-a-while, we just need to have it.  For whatever reason, I needed to feast on something totally indulgent today.  My dish?  Macaroni and and a Creamy Cheese Sauce doused with Frank's Hot Sauce.  (My son, Adam got me hooked on Frank's).  Unfortunately, I had to share with two others, but ok, my waistline is all the happier for that.  Here's my recipe for comfort:

 (The latter, of course, is optional)

1 box elbow macaroni, cooked, and kept warm
6 slices center cut bacon, cooked until crisp
1/2 an onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, diced
6 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk (whole is best)
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons finely chopped, fresh basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped, fresh parsley
1 cup shredded Montery Jack and/or Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Frank's Hot Sauce

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add onion and garlic.  Saute' for 5 minutes.  Add flour and stir constantly for one minute.  Gradually, add milk; whisking until incorporated, smooth and thickened; about 3 to 5 minutes.  Add chicken stock and whisk until heated through.  Add basil, parsley, cheeses, and black pepper; heat until cheeses are melted and sauce is thickened, smooth, and hot.  Combine macaroni and sauce; crumble bacon over and stir to combine.  Spoon into bowls......serve with Frank's. 


  1. Yum! I adore Frank's and I love mac and cheese. It's the ultimate comfort food! Too bad you had to share.

  2. Oh boy...we're getting into comfort food season! I'll be adding this recipe to my list. Thanks so much for sharing-

  3. This looks delicious. And I love the name...