One Pan Fondu Mac n Cheese

You can be the healthiest, leanest kid in the playground (of life) but now and then you’re still going to want to snuggle down with a big bowl of love.

That is exactly what this dish is.

It was -2Β°C yesterday. If you live almost anywhere other than England then this isn’t that cold at all, but for us it’s FREEZING! We’re soft and not designed for extremes of any kind.

I had to feed four hungry, cold companions and rush outside again. I’d had lots of success with my One Pot Pasta and thought I’d make a wintery, ski-chalet style version of it.

And so, One Pan Fondu Mac n Cheese was born… with added bacon. Everything is better with added bacon, you know that.

The point of one pan recipes is to minimise hassle and washing up, so I’m going to avoid measuring jugs and scales.

You can use any kind of dry pasta you fancy. I went for Tortiglioni. A 400g pack is perfect for 4.

You’ll need cheddar and gruyere cheese, about a fist sized chunk of each. (Make a fist, look at the size of it and you want that much cheese.)

A chunk of parmesan about a 3rd of the size of the others.

A few strips of bacon.

Two big cloves of garlic, thinly sliced.

Two mugs of hot vegetable stock and a mug of milk.

Your pan has to have a lid. I used a deep frying pan, but you could use a large, heavy bottomed saucepan.

Heat it while you chop your bacon into chunks, and toss them into the pan. Add your finely sliced garlic and sizzle away until brown and delicious.

Pour these out into one of the bowls you’re going to be serving in (save dirtying another dish).

Add your pasta to the pan with your stock and milk. Stir it around, cover and turn the hob down to a gentle medium heat.

Keep it covered as much as possible, only remove the lid to stir now and again.

Grate all of your cheese while you wait.

After about 10-12 mins fish out a piece of pasta and try it. When it’s cooked to your liking, throw you cheese, bacon and garlic in.

Stir it all together lovingly.

Serve somewhere warm and cosy, preferably with a glass of mulled wine.

It’s called fondu mac n cheese because of the Swiss gruyere. It has a beautifully creamy, earthy flavour that will completely envelope you in a sort of luxurious cocoon.

The Swiss Alps in your very own kitchen.

Serve with a side of crisp green salad if you’re feeling virtuous and pop the pan straight into soapy water to avoid any scrubbing later… that wouldn’

Although, if you cooked then someone else should clean. T’is the law.

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  • Oh my, that looks amazeballs…. I guess that will be tea tonight sorted then…

    • Rosie

      Happy eatin’! x

  • Elenore

    Felt like eating my computer screen for a minute… Loved it! I’m half Italian and what I can suggest is making Pasta alla Carbonara… Quite similar! Brava Rosie πŸ˜‰

    • Rosie

      A pasta compliment from an Italian?!
      You’ve made my day, grazie! xx

  • Sophie

    This looks incredible – I’m currently ill and this looks like the perfect companion for a cosy day on the sofa!

    Sophie xo | That’s What Sophie Said

    • Rosie

      Oh Soph! Feel better soon xx

      • I’m ill too and housemates and I have already agreed to make this tonight.. there is no better medicine than a hot bowl o’ mac’n’cheese! X

  • so simple too! perfect heart warming dish – nice to actually see recipes blogged because then you know they actually work and this looks super yum… will try this soon i think thanks πŸ™‚

    Mollie xoxo

  • Alice

    YUM that looks like my idea of heaven. I could swim in Mac & Cheese easily if at all possible.

    • Rosie

      That sounds dreamy… might be quite hard work though! x

  • Lottie Greenwood

    I will be making that at the weekend!
    Lottie πŸ˜€ xx

    • Rosie

      Let me know how you get on LG! x

  • Amber

    Oh my god – get in my belly! The ultimate winter warmer!

  • Gemma

    Love Love love!! x

  • Sepideh

    Sounds…DELICIOUS!!!!! Gotta love some good Mac & Cheese! I like the idea of the one pot thing – less dishes is always a plus…!

    Have you given a try at putting together a recipe similar to the mac & cheese from Christopher’s?? I tried it with my boyfriend when we were in London this summer, as per your suggestion, and both LOVED it!!! (and he’s not a big ‘cheese’ kinda guy)

    Now i have to eat my toast and peanut butter..doesn’t seem as appetizing anymore…

    • Rosie

      You know, I can’t even remember what the mac n cheese was… was it truffle?
      Think I might have to go back for another taste…

  • Renate Kupse

    I haven’t had it since I was a kid πŸ™‚ To be honest, can’t remember the last time I even had pasta – I just never cook it myself, for some reason – this just made my mouth water…

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Renate from

    My tips on selling your items at a flea market has just gone
    up on my blog, if you’re interested to check it out!

    • Rosie

      Sounds interesting Renate, will take a peek later!

  • This looks so delicious!!

  • Londoner

    Deglazing the bacony pan with a splash of white or vermouth and then a pinch of nutmeg at the end would make it even more fonduey

    • Rosie


  • WOW! Diving right on in there, Rosie! Looks delicious.

  • G.C

    Jeez that looks amazing. I want. Multiple cheeses (cheesi?) are going on my shopping list right now…

    • Rosie

      Did you hear about the cheese factory that exploded?

      All that was left was de brie.

      (Cheesy joke.)

      • Oh it’s jokes like this that make you my favourite!

      • Ernestine Fontein

        From de brie you can try to build a rock fort.

  • looks delish! I will definitely try this one asap πŸ™‚

  • I love this. I always cook and clean that’s not okay πŸ˜‰

  • Lois

    Oh. My. Days. Making this asap. You are a gem! xx

  • Heather

    Well there goes my “healthy” eating today… Haha…That looks amazing! You’re some woman in the kitchen Rosie! πŸ™‚ You never cease to make me drool!

  • Oh crumbs! I am now ravenously hungry and all that will suffice is cheesy, bacony, pasta goodness!

    Lottie x

  • Laura Cremona

    jesus. get that in ma belly!

  • Sounds like an incredibly delicious cosy treat!…Can’t wait to try it!…xv

  • Leanne

    Oh wow. I have a day off today and now know what I’m doing with it. I also have a flatmate to do the dishes πŸ™‚

  • PamelaJBates/Mercantile Muse

    cheddar and gruyere……………heaven.

  • i feel warmer just looking at it. delicious!
    xo, cheyenne

  • Bloody amazing Rosie, as always. Getting me in the mood for my ski trip next March too! x

  • Oh my!! That looks delicious!!

  • Cheesus christ this looks amazing! X

  • Molly

    Rosie my flatmate & me were trying to decide what to have for dinner cos it’s sooo cold in France too. I think a big bowl of this is exactly what two cold little English girls need! Thank you x

  • jesuis-hannah

    My oh my, this looks like pure Heaven in a pan! Mac and cheese is one of my favourite ever comfort meals and as it’s getting colder, I can see this appearing in my kitchen more than once this winter…it might make my party dresses a little tighter, but it’ll be worth it!

    Hannah’s Haven

  • This looks and sounds delicious :’D xx

  • Looks amazing! MMMMMM lunch time!

  • That looks delicious! It’s making my stuffed butternut squash lunch look rather pathetic now (yes I did just look at my plate then up at the screen with a disappointed face).

    Katie <3

  • OMG! I would kill for this right now & I have the same rule – if I cook I never wash up!!!

    Have a fab Tuesday Rosie xoxo

  • Anna

    Hi! Maybe this is an obvious question, but do you literally boil the pasta without water? Just milk and stock? πŸ™‚ Sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it!

  • joie7994

    Mmm… this looks similar to something I make, but I usually skip the garlic and use butter and leeks and different cheeses. I have to try this version though, it looks so good!

  • Melanie

    This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for, I’ve been stockpiling recipes to make this! My favourite comfort food and this looks like a simple version for a night in front of the fire (or TV!).

  • Michelle

    Looks delish, comforting, cosy and cosseting…

  • saradujour

    Oh dear, now I won’t be able to get mac ‘n cheese out of my head until I eat some. So much for my healthy day, haha!


  • Andrea Green

    This sounds fantastic! I think I’ll make it next week and add roasted spaghetti squash for a low carb alternative! =)

  • Hello from across the pond. I love mac and cheese and this makes it so much easier.

  • I just bought gruyere to stick in my mac and cheese for thanksgiving, it’s great for it! Might try your one pot trick, I’m all about less dishes πŸ™‚

  • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

    This looks amazing and the perfect dish to warm me up on a cold winters day!

  • Alyssa M

    It’s been -4 celsius here in Wisconsin for the past few days, I clearly need to make this asap!

  • I’ve got a feeling this could well be my dinner on Sunday. Having a big party on Saturday celebrating my friends who got married in Vegas and if “wedding” number two will be anything like the one in Vegas I will NEED this with extra cheese! hehe πŸ™‚

  • This makes me so sad as I’ve recently developed a lactose intolerance πŸ™ dairy free cheese is not the same neither is plain past and bacon. I MISS YOU MAC AND CHEESE.

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    WOAH THAT BACON MMMMMM, ok this deffo falls into the 20% bad section!

  • oh my god this looks AMAZING!!!

  • Now I need a ski holiday as well as mac and cheese…
    Have you ever been away skiing at new year? Any recommendations? Tignes looks amazing…

  • I have a secret addiction to Mac and cheese, it is my go to comfort food and I generally make it very similarly to this, my absolute have to add flavour wise is a dollop of English mustard and a good amount of freshly ground back pepper. Sublime! Next time I will have to try it your way πŸ™‚ Xx

  • Oh my, this looks so delicious! It’s so cold here in Austria too these days, I definitely need to try this sometime this week. πŸ™‚
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Valerie

    This. looks. heavenly. I must try this weekend!!! nom nom

  • Beccy

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love mac n cheese but have a complete inability to cook a decent white sauce. I will have to try this out.

  • Oh no, I’m heading to London in one month and staying until the end of March… you’re terrifying me with those numbers up there! Guess I’ll just have to make heaps and heaps of this cheesy goodness to tide me over!
    Perpetually Caroline

  • Nicola

    Yummy. That looks too goo to be true πŸ™‚

    Perfect comfort food!



    Georgina ‘I love carbs’ Fox at

  • famies

    Ohhhh I was considering second dinner and now I’m SOLD. Delicious!! I second the rule about cleaning..!


  • Laura

    This looks so goooood! Being a northerner, comfort food runs in our blood. Better get this one on the menu of chez moi!

    Heroine In Heels

  • -2 degrees is FREEZING in Australia. However, we do appreciate a cheesy recipe nonetheless! Lookin’ good. x

  • The Broke Boy

    I…I don’t even…CHEESE! YUM!

  • I’ve been craving pasta the whole day, now it’s 1:55 AM here and this comes up. i’ll be making pasta for breakfast tomorrow!

  • Queenie Lee
  • Joelle

    I LOVE making this! Especially at this time of year! Have you ever swapped the bacon for lobster chunks? IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! πŸ™‚

  • jo

    if i dont have stock can i use water?

  • Carolina

    This looks delicious! You should def try the Swiss mac’n’cheese called “Γ„lplermaggronen”. Just add some Potatoes to the mac`n`cheese, fry some onions and serve it with Apple sauce/puree. It’s yummy:-)

  • Jessica

    OMG, this looks amazing! I’ve had a rough week, my house burned down on Monday, so we’re unfortunately skipping my favorite holiday this year (it’s Thanksgiving in the US tomorrow). This would have been PERFECT to serve for the family with our huge Turkey dinner. We’re going the Chinese food route this year, but as soon as we’re out of hotels and have a kitchen I am absolutely cooking this up as a treat or us. Mac and Cheese is my absolute FAVORITE meal (behind potato skins and wine, of course). Love your blog, thanks for keeping my spirits up!

  • Oh this sounds delicious Rosie! I don’t have any gruyere cheese do you think it will be ok it I substitute with some more cheddar?


    Water Painted Dreams xxx

  • Katie Albury

    Oh my…now I am seriously craving mac n cheese…I could eat the screen I want it that bad!

    Katie x

  • Emma

    This actually looks artery-cloggin’ amazing. Gotta love the fondue!

    Hmm maybe…

  • Michelle
  • Hannah Bee

    This looks absolutely divine Rosie, I miss cheese so much ( damn lactose intolerance!!!)

  • Emmanuelle Cadeau

    I loved it! Made the non-bacon version and it was delicious!

  • This looks great! And for us veggies, this would probably be lovely with mushrooms instead of the bacon. Thanks – a great winter recipe πŸ™‚

  • Becca

    Sweet Lord on high! This looks devine!!! X

  • yummmm…. Cheese and anything are always my fave so I will definitely try this. Love your conserving dirty dishes too, big fan!
    Thanks for this! πŸ™‚

  • this looks amazing – will have to try it for sure!

  • Bry Mckean

    Looks amazing! Can we have some lactose intolerant friendly recipes sometime? πŸ™‚ xxx

  • ninegrandstudent

    Hi Rosie! I adapted your recipe for a student budget, with great results and added spice! Thanks for posting, I hope to add to my parent’s shopping list over Christmas so I can try the ‘proper’ version!

    For anyone on a budget, my recipe is here –

  • Holly

    Mac n Cheese is one of my all time favourite meals and I can’t wait to try out this recipe! I loved this so much I featured it on my favourite blog posts of the month πŸ™‚

    Holly xx

  • Julia Armstrong

    It is currently -30 degrees celsius… the perfect night to make this recipe!!!

  • Snowsheep91

    Normally I wouldn’t bother commenting on a recipe, but having just made and consumed this, I can confirm that it is simply the most amazing thing ever. Ever. Fact.
    I used just cheddar as no gruyere and I whacked it under a hot grill for 5 mins to brown the top. It was scrummpy!

  • Balbinder Babbra

    do you boil the pasta first regularly and then add it in the stock/milk?