How to Cook a Grown-Up Mac and Cheese Sure to Please

This version of macaroni and cheese has all the comforty goodness of traditional dish with a few notable additions... Like pancetta!

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How to Cook a Grown-Up Mac and Cheese Sure to Please Recipe
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1
Sauté pancetta in 4 Tablespoons of butter.

Sauté pancetta in 4 Tablespoons of butter.

2
Fry until crisp.

Fry until crisp.

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3
Peel garlic cloves.

Peel garlic cloves.

4
Chop garlic coarsely.

Chop garlic coarsely.

5
Add garlic to pancetta. Fry 1 minute or until fragrant.

Add garlic to pancetta. Fry 1 minute or until fragrant.

6
Add 1 Tablespoon paprika.

Add 1 Tablespoon paprika.

7
Let cook until mix is brightly colored.

Let cook until mix is brightly colored.

8
Take remaining stick of butter (8 Tablespoons), and cut in pieces.

Take remaining stick of butter (8 Tablespoons), and cut in pieces.

9
Add to pancetta mix.

Add to pancetta mix.

10
Once butter is melted, begin adding flour a little at a time.

Once butter is melted, begin adding flour a little at a time.

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Let each addition of flour blend in well before adding next.

Let each addition of flour blend in well before adding next.

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Keep incorporating flour in this way until thick.

Keep incorporating flour in this way until thick.

13
Add milk.

Add milk.

14
Stir until creamy.

Stir until creamy.

15
Pour mix into large bowl.

Pour mix into large bowl.

16
Add cream cheese.

Add cream cheese.

17
It helps to break it into pieces.

It helps to break it into pieces.

18
Stir until blended.

Stir until blended.

19
Add cheddar.

Add cheddar.

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Stir to combine. Set aside.

Stir to combine. Set aside.

21
Boil macaroni.

Boil macaroni.

22
Drain well. Do not rinse.

Drain well. Do not rinse.

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Pour cooked macaroni in large bowl.

Pour cooked macaroni in large bowl.

24
Add cheese sauce.

Add cheese sauce.

25
Stir until macaroni is well-coated.

Stir until macaroni is well-coated.

26
Transfer to 13x9 bake dish.

Transfer to 13x9 bake dish.

27
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve as is or bake 350F for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve as is or bake 350F for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Ingredients

4 Ounces Pancetta 
4 Garlic cloves 
1 Tablespoon Paprika 
12 Tablespoons Butter 
8 Tablespoons Flour 
4 Cups Milk 
2 Cups Cheddar cheese 
1 Cup Parmesan cheese 
8 Ounces Cream cheese 
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