Cheddar Apple Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Over the last couple of years I've been having some join pain and inflammation. I've told my Doctor about it and as with most of my concerns she brushed it off. "Oh you are young, it's probably nothing." Then one day over the summer, one of my knuckles swelled up before my eyes and turned purple. My husband an I both agreed, I had probably injured it without knowing.

But then, a month later, it happened it again. This time I knew something wasn't right. So I took a photo of my finger, and got in with a new doctor. He immediately started talking about autoimmune diseases like Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis, ran slew of tests....and when they came back inconclusive I received no answers, and he is as stumped as I am. He referred me to an Orthopedic Surgeon, to do x-rays and take a look, we are hoping he can see what is causing the inflammation in my joints.

But for the time being, my Dr. has told me to cut down on my drinking, meat, and dairy... just in case it is Gout, my best case diagnosis. This possibility has me questioning my whole30 kicks and paleo-ish diets. Perhaps I need to go back to my meatless ways?

Whatever the cause of my joint issues, I am not going to lie.... I am struggling with my recent diet restrictions. Like when I made this Cheddar Apple Bacon Mac and Cheese for the blog.... I brought the whole batch to my Rising Tide Meeting, where they happily ate it so I didn't have to stare at it in my refrigerator.

It had been quite some time since I had posted a macaroni and cheese recipe here on the blog. If you browse my archives you will see.... it's basically my favorite thing to make in the world.  Especially loaded with bites of tart apples, sharp cheddar cheese, smokey bacon and bits of thyme.

This is the definition of comfort food.

Cheddar Apple Bacon Macaroni and Cheese


1 pound of pasta, cooked according to the package directions

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup of whole milk
1 cup of cream
4 cups of shredded extra sharp cheese
8 oz of cream cheese
1 tbs fresh thyme
1 cup diced apples ( peel on of off, it's your choice) 
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 lb of bacon, fried until crispy 


Melt butter in a sauce pan, over medium heat. Whisk in flour and from a paste.

Continue whisking, and add in milk and cream. Whisk until smooth and it comes to a low boil.

Reduce heat to low.

Add in shredded cheese and cream cheese. Mix until smooth.

Fold cheese sauce into drained, cooked pasta.

Fold in fresh thyme, and apples.

Transfer to a casserole dish, and sprinkle with crispy bacon.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, and serve! 


  1. I'm loving the flavor combo! I can't wait to make this recipe for my family soon!

  2. Oh goodness! I just made an apple cheddar pizza last week and it was killer. Cheddar and apple were made for each other!

  3. My oldest has dairy issues so we don't eat a lot of it but this looks so good! My Dad used to get gout from time to time - he was a big drinker and meat/cheese eater and it would clear up when he started eating a little cleaner! Here's hoping!!!!

    1. All that to say, id love a bowl of this goodness!!!!

    2. It's weird cause, I don't drink THAT much, and I eat very clean (my blog is not a representation of my personal diet) I mostly eat low carb, lean meats, no added sugars.... But my dad summed it up for me quite well. "Just think, some people can't eat a peanut. So if you have gout, maybe your body just can't handle animal protiens." So I don't feel so bad about it now. lol.

  4. Good thing my hubby is lactose intolerant....because that means I DON'T have to share ANY of this goodness! Bring on the fall comfort food!

  5. Man, this is in my top three awesome eats!!


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  7. OMG, you make look that cooking this recipe is so easy, I can't resist it, will give it a try for sure. Many thanks!

  8. Apples and cheddar are some kind of magical combo. Plus bacon, what a wonderful way with mac and cheese!

  9. Have you considered also looking into a naturopath type doc in the area? I know that the good ones will run a slew of additional tests, might help you track down other issues that could be causing this. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon. The mac & cheese looks wonderful!

  10. It's most likely sugar and grain consumption which is causing your join pain, not meat or alcohol. I recommend reading the book "Wheat Belly". He explains it all in there and how grains especially cause a host of problems for the body, including joint pain.