Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese

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Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese has all the flavors of a classic Kentucky Hot Brown tucked into luscious macaroni and cheese.


Kentucky Hot Brown Mac Cheese

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese

The first time I ever had Kentucky Hot Brown I fell in love with it right then. A friend shared the recipe with me and I’ve been enjoying it for years now. I never saw it on a restaurant menu until a cool little restaurant, the Blue Canoe, opened in town a couple of years ago.

Therefore, I deconstructed the traditional Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich and replaced the bread with cheesy pasta for this recipe. Ok, so, you could just mix everything together and call it a casserole. But, it’s so much more than that! It’s layers of creamy, cheesy, salty, smoky, crunchy goodness. Layer it. Make it pretty. Savor it.


Kentucky Hot Brown Mac Cheese

The tomato is really more than a garnish. It adds a little acidity, freshness, and brightness to the rich, creaminess of this recipe.

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac Cheese


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Kentucky Hot Brown Mac Cheese

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese

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Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
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  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni prepared according to package directions
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese shredded
  • 6 ounces ham steak cubed
  • 1 medium chicken breast cubed
  • 6 slices bacon
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 or 5 slices sourdough bread cut into cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium Roma tomato


  • Salt and pepper cubed chicken breast. Heat a skillet on med-high. Add chicken cook 2 to 3 minutes on first side then toss and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the second side until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Remove from skillet.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  • Add ham cubes to hot skillet and just heat through. Remove from skillet
  • Cook bacon to crisp. Remove from skillet and chop.
  • Add oil to skillet. Add bread cubes to skillet and toast tossing until all sides are browned. Remove from skillet.
  • In a large pan, melt 2 T butter. Add flour and cook 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Add milk and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until it begins to thicken. (It will not get really thick) Add cheese and stir until cheese melts.
  • Add pasta to cheese sauce; stir to combine.
  • I like to serve in individual dishes, you can plate on one large platter if you prefer. Spoon pasta on dish. Top with chicken, ham, bacon and bread. Add 1 or 2 slices of tomato on top. Serve immediately.


Calories: 791kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1114mg | Potassium: 656mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 5mg
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