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Sourdough Jack Hamburger Helper

  • SERVES: 8-10
  • PREP: 35 minutes
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes

Inspired by one of Chrissy's favorite fast food dishes!

It’s no secret, my love for fast food. My love for the mystery tacos at Jack in the Box, the beauty that is the Sourdough Jack sandwich. The comfort those things bring me is indescribable, but whatever the f*ck we have done here is nothing short of incredible.

We somehow (wait, I know how and I will show you how!) made something that is exactly, exactly, like biting into the best part of the Sourdough Jack—the center—but it’s in every single bite of this casserole: the oozy creaminess and cheese, the tomato, the bacon, the juicy beef all mixed with macaroni, with sourdough bread crumbs for a little punch.

Reprinted from Cravings: All Together. Copyright © 2021 by Christine Diane Teigen. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Alex Lau. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.

  • 3

    cups uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 3

    tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 12

    ounces thick-cut bacon

  • pounds lean ground beef

  • 1

    large yellow onion, chopped

  • 2

    tablespoons minced garlic

  • ¼

    cup flour

  • 5

    cups whole milk

  • 2

    teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

  • ½

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2

    cups (8 ounces) shredded

  • Swiss cheese

  • cups diced tomatoes, with juice

  • 3

    (1-inch-thick) slices sourdough bread (or six ½-inch slices)

  • 2

    tablespoons minced chives

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