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

by Renee Butler

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


  • 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
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Sauté pancetta in 4 Tablespoons of butter.

    Step 2

    Fry until crisp.

    Step 3

    Peel garlic cloves.

    Step 4

    Chop garlic coarsely.

    Step 5

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

    Step 6

    Add 1 Tablespoon paprika.

    Step 7

    Let cook until mix is brightly colored.

    Step 8

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

    Step 9

    Add to pancetta mix.

    Step 10

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

    Step 11

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

    Step 12

    Keep incorporating flour in this way until thick.

    Step 13

    Add milk.

    Step 14

    Stir until creamy.

    Step 15

    Pour mix into large bowl.

    Step 16

    Add cream cheese.

    Step 17

    It helps to break it into pieces.

    Step 18

    Stir until blended.

    Step 19

    Add cheddar.

    Step 20

    Stir to combine. Set aside.

    Step 21

    Boil macaroni.

    Step 22

    Drain well. Do not rinse.

    Step 23

    Pour cooked macaroni in large bowl.

    Step 24

    Add cheese sauce.

    Step 25

    Stir until macaroni is well-coated.

    Step 26

    Transfer to 13x9 bake dish.

    Step 27

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