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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese is a mouth-watering combination of tender pulled pork, caramelized onions, Wisconsin cheddar and alpine-style cheese such as Grand Cru or Pleasant Ridge Reserve.

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Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pasta shells
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, coursely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  •   Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons barbeque sauce
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin alpine-style cheese, shredded
  • 2 pounds smoked pork shoulder, pulled (store bought or homemade)
  • 4 pieces Texas toast, cooked according to package and crumbled

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Heat large pot over medium-low heat. Add 3 tablespoons butter, olive oil, onion, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Cook 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until onions are golden brown in color and caramelized. Increase heat to medium and stir in flour and remaining butter. Whisk constantly for 2-3 minutes to create a roux.

Add milk and barbeque sauce, whisking constantly, cook 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add shredded cheese. Continue to stir until sauce is creamy and cheese has melted. Stir in pasta, followed by pulled pork. Transfer mac and cheese to oven safe baking dish and sprinkle with Texas toast crumbles. Bake 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

To reheat, add a few tablespoons of milk, stir and warm.

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Semi-soft and semi-hard cheese, like Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Mozzarella, should be very cold for easy grating.