Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese

The classic Kentucky sandwich makes a delicious transition to macaroni and cheese.

Serves: 8Prep: 30 minutesCook: 35 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 container (10-12 oz.) grape tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound short cut pasta (like penne or elbow macaroni)
  • 2 cups cooked turkey breast, diced
  • 1 cup bacon pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter plus ¼ cup melted butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices white bread, cut into cubes


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place grape tomatoes on a sheet pan and toss with the olive oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes until slightly browned.
  • Reduce oven to 375°F. Butter a 9”x13” baking pan or 3-quart casserole dish.
  • Cook pasta 2 minutes shy of package time; drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Add turkey and bacon; set aside.
  • In a 3-quart sauce pan over medium heat melt 3 tablespoons butter; whisk in flour, mustard, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes stirring constantly. Slowly add milk while whisking constantly until smooth. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and add cheeses; stir until melted and smooth.
  • Pour cheese sauce over pasta mixture; stir gently to combine. Gently stir in tomatoes and transfer to prepared baking pan.
  • Toss bread cubes with melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni. Bake 25-30 minutes until bubbly and bread starts to toast.