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Sous Vide Mac and Cheese Ice Cream with Bacon Chunks Recipe

Sous vide mac and cheese ice cream with bacon chunks

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A savory ice cream with the taste of cheesy Mac and bacon.

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*NOTE: This recipe was submitted by the author as part of an online recipe contest. It has not been tested by ISVA.

Mac and Cheese ice cream is a unique take on the common sous vide ice cream base. Combining cheese powder and sous vide bacon to add richness, smokiness, and depth of flavor, it's a great addition to any ice cream and bacon lover's cooking rotation!


Want more like this? Our comprehensive book Champions of Sous Vide is a great collection of more than 70 sous vide recipes from two dozen top sous vide cooks.


Sous Vide Mac and Cheese Ice Cream with Bacon Chunks Recipe

  • Published: October 22, 2021
  • By Brandon Balin
  • Total Time: 2 hours and overnight
  • Cooks: 135°F (57.2°C) for 2 hours and 147°F (63.9°C) for overnight
  • Serves: 2

Ingredients for Sous Vide Mac and Cheese Ice Cream with Bacon Chunks

  • For Pasteurizing the Eggs

  • 2 large eggs (or 2 already pasteurized eggs)
  • For the bacon

  • 8-10 bacon strips
  • For the Ice Cream

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy or whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3-4 tablespoons Mac & Cheese powder
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Cooking Instructions for Sous Vide Mac and Cheese Ice Cream with Bacon Chunks

For Pasteurizing the Eggs

First if not on hand, pasteurize eggs by sous vide. 

In your sous vide setup, place eggs at 135°F (57.2°C) for 2 hours, then place in an ice bath for 30 minutes before storing in a refrigerator.  

This recipe calls for 2 eggs but I suggest you do more at least 6 or 8 eggs.

For the bacon

Cook the bacon sous vide in a Ziploc freezer bag at 147°F (63.9°C) overnight (up to 48 hours. If not eating immediately place in ice bath for 30 min then store in fridge.  

Sear bacon strips on one side and dice up into bite-able chunks. (Optional step is to candy the bacon with Turbinado sugar). 

For the Ice Cream

"Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the sugar, a little at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended, about 1 minute more. Pour in the cream and milk and whisk to blend." (This ice cream base is a take off from Ben and Jerry's sweet cream base.)

Add 3-4 table spoons of Mac cheese powder (you can add more to taste but it starts to become over powering).

Pour mixture in ice cream machine and follow manufacturers directions.  Mix in bacon bits and reserve some to sprinkle on top.  This can also be used to make rolled ice cream. Just dice the bacon bits finer.


Want more like this? Our comprehensive book Champions of Sous Vide is a great collection of more than 70 sous vide recipes from two dozen top sous vide cooks.


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