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Monday, February 21, 2011

Macaroni and Cheese Soup

 A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed the NFL Gameday Cookbook by Ray "Dr. BBQ" Lampe.  One of the recipes that particularly caught my eye was the Macaroni and Cheese Soup.  However, because of the harried nature of my life, it took me this long to get around to actually making it.  It was so good that it will be a regular feature in my soup rotation.  I figure, it costs about $5 to make and it serves at least 8.  I don't know if you could freeze it, so plan on feeding a big family or halve the recipe.
 This soup is everything a homemade macaroni and cheese should be.  It starts with a roux and it contains bacon and sharp cheddar cheese, though if you are a one that uses a combination of cheeses, that would work, too.


Macaroni and Cheese Soup (taken mostly from NFL Gameday Cookbook)
10 strips bacon (I used the precooked crumbles - about a handfull (2/3 cup)
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil (only if you aren't cooking the bacon)
1/4 cup flour
1 14 ounce can chicken broth
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper (I used white)
1 1/2 cups macaroni, cooked (that's 1 1/2 cups uncooked noodles that are then cooked)
3 cups milk (I used 1%)
1 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese (4 cups)(I used 1/2 mozzarella because that's what I had)
Cook bacon in a Dutch oven.  Remove bacon when crisp to a plate to drain.  Saute the onion in the bacon grease (if there is more than 3 Tbsp grease, drain some off first) over medium heat.  When the onion begins to get soft, add the garlic and continue to cook until the onion turns slightly golden in color.  Stir in the flour and continue to cook, stirring constantly.  Slowly add the chicken broth, stirring to keep smooth.  Add the dry mustard, chili powder and pepper.  Continue to stir while mixture reaches a simmer.  Add the milk and macaroni and return to a simmer, stirring often.  Add the cheese and bacon.  Stir until cheese melts.  (Note: leftovers will thicken slightly in the fridge, but are great reheated in the microwave).

48 comments:

Belinda said...

Who can resist this? Some good ole crusty bread would be perfect.

Camilla said...

Visiting from Tuesday Night Supper Club. This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Liz @ Two Maids a Milking said...

Looks super yummy. Mac n Cheese is my favorite food who knew it could be a soup? That means I get to eat it twice a week now, right?!?

Jennifer said...

When you posted your review of that football cookbook and mentioned this recipe I knew I would be interested. It sounds really good! I love mac & cheese so I bet I will love this too. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!
Jenn

joellemb said...

I cannot wait to try this... it sounds awesome :)

Kim Kelly said...

Mac and cheese soup!! I love it. I think I need that book!

Monet said...

Bacon...mustard...cheese...yes, this does look like a soup worthy of my rotation too! I love how affordable it is...and I can only imagine how great that first sip must taste. Thank you for sharing your words and this recipe. And thank you for your kind thoughts on my own blog. I appreciate you!

Vimitha Anand said...

Its cheesy creamy and makes me to grab a bowl..

Sarah beth said...

Mmm I love a creamy soup! Thanks for sharing, I am def going to cook this soup for my family before winter is over!

blessings, sarah beth
http://hislovingpresence.blogspot.com

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Oh, my! This sounds absolutely scrumptious! :)

Joanne said...

This is seriously the ultimate comfort food. Spoon after spoon of cheesy goodness...sigh.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

So happy to have found your blog through Foodbuzz...I love it! This soup looks delicious. You had me at "cheese." I look forward to trying it!

Humble Homemaker said...

Yum! This looks like my kind of dish. :) Plus it uses all ingredients which I can get here in Germany. Thanks for sharing!
Humble Homemaking

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

This sounds great. My little guy LOVES mac and cheese so I'm going to have to try this out.
Katie

Emily Malloy said...

This is so creative!

Sue said...

A giant cinnamon roll, and now mac n' cheese SOUP! You're killing me:) A must try!

Rosemary said...

I could eat soup every day of the week. I think I could eat this soup every meal of the day, it looks that good. I can see why it's in the regular rotation, now. Mine, too!
Thanks for sharing. (Wish I would have had it for the Super Bowl!)

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

This seems so weird to me - a SOUP of mac and cheese? But then again, it does have all my favorite things in one bowl (cheese, pasta, bacon, garlic). So I know I'd like it. :) I'm bookmarking to try soon. Thanks for sharing!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this sounds so interesting! i have to bookmarked this:) thanks for sharing.

Katerina said...

This is so unique. Mac and cheese and soup, double the pleasure!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

YUM! I love mac and cheese and this sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

Cheri said...

Oh yummm....dinner tonight!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog - thankfully, hubby woke up Monday just great and can't even tell he felt bad. Yay!!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

How have I never heard of this before?! I much prefer my mac n cheese to be saucy (as opposed to them new fangled drier versions) so this looks perfect to me! :)

Angellove's Cooking said...

What an amazing recipe!!! I definitely will give it a try - sounds and looks so delicious!!

Lizzy said...

Oh, yum!!! This is the epitome of comfort food...can't wait to try it :)

Torviewtoronto said...

beautiful presentation

Steph said...

How awesome is this?! I'm bookmarking ths FOR SURE! Thanks for a yummy recipe :)

Carolyn said...

This one would be a HUGE hit with my family. Saving it!

Mateja ^_^ said...

What a bowl of soup, yum yum yum! Thank you for sharing :)

Lauren said...

I saw your post over at Creative Juices and had to stop by and see what this was all about. Soup and mac and cheese happen to be two of my favorite things to eat! I never thought about combining them! Yum! I'm also a new follower :)

Claudia said...

This is so welcoming - love the bacon with the sharp cheese - singing flavor. Signalling warmth.

Katrina said...

There would be no need to freeze anything in my house!! We would eat it all in one sitting I'm sure! Brilliant! - Katrina

yvettesblogs.com said...

Looks Delicious and a full hearty meal..couldn't resist this one!Would give you a warm content feeling for sure!

Jenna said...

Wow two of my fave foods, mac and cheese and soup. I am so trying this, you make it looks sooo good!

Jennifer said...

Whoa! Mac 'n Cheese Soup?! Awesome! My kids will love you f-o-r-e-v-e-r!...

Kita said...

I honestly think this would blow my BF's mind. Macaroni and cheese - as a soup! He might as well just do cartwheels in the living room. Can't wait to surprise him :)

Diethood.com said...

Holy yumminess! I had to rub my eyes to make sure that I read this right... mac 'n cheese soup...wow!

Green Girl said...

WOW mac and cheese soup. sounds so good. although I'm going to leave the bacon out, i'll definitely give this soup a try. Thanks for sharing Kristin

Beth said...

What a great variation on a good meal. I'll have to add to to my rotation, too!

Catherine said...

This soup sounds so delicious! My daugher would absolutely love this!
Blessings,
Catherine

Erin said...

Macaroni and cheese soup?!?!?! Oh yum! It looks delish and I'm guessing it tastes pretty darn good too. With bacon in it, you can't go wrong. This is now on my "to make" list. Thanks!

E said...

That soup sounds delicious. I bet the kids devoured it?? I'm sure I would.

Jen said...

YUM! How can you go wrong with that?? Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday!

Christy said...

so hearty and yummy! i could go for a bowl of that right now :) thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

joellemb said...

I made this soup today & put you on my blog... thanks for sharing.... love this soup :)

Lo-mo said...

Two of my favourite things! Bacon and macaroni and cheese! Soup looks fantastic!

The Mom Chef said...

This sounds better than regular mac and cheese. I think I'd go ahead and half the recipe for our family. I don't know that it would freeze well either. It sounds incredibly delicious though. Many thanks for sharing.

chezsasha said...

Oh my! As if the solid mac&cheese isn't good enough, it is now possible to have the lovely and comforting soup version. Thanks for the recipe!

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