Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions


Spice up your classic macaroni and cheese by adding caramelized onions with this easy, no-fuss recipe.

Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 4 strips bacon

  • 1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced

  • 1 ½ cup regular or multigrain dried elbow macaroni (6 ounces)

  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)

  • 4 ounce processed gruyere cheese, shredded, or blue cheese, crumbled

  • 1 cup half-and-half or light cream

  • teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble. Reserve bacon drippings in skillet.

  2. Cook onion in reserved bacon drippings for 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. Set aside.

  3. In a large saucepan cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and return to saucepan. Stir in the crumbled bacon, onions, 1-1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, the gruyere cheese, half-and half, and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Spoon into a 1-1/2-quart casserole.

  4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F ovenfor 20 minutes. Stir gently. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes more or until top of casserole is brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

632 Calories
39g Fat
37g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 632
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 617mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 656.3mg 50%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 241mg 5%
Folate, total 104.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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