Tuesday, September 28, 2010

panko crusted mac and cheese with pancetta

1 16 oz. box of macaroni
1/2 pound block sharp white cheddar cheese (grated)
1/2 pound block gruyere cheese (grated)
1/2 pound block parmesan cheese (grated)
1/2 pound block gouda cheese (grated)
1/2 pound pancetta (cubed)
5 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup of all purpose flour
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

pre heat oven to 350 degrees

grate all the cheeses and mix together in a large bowl, and set aside.

bring a large pot of water to a boil. add in the salt and olive oil to the water. when the water reaches a boil add in the macaroni and boil for about 7 mins. drain and set aside.

in a large sauce pan add the cubed pancetta and cook over medium high heat for 5 mins. add in 1 tbsp. of butter, and cook for another 5 mins. add in another 1 tbsp. of butter, and cook for another 5 mins. add in the remaining 3 tbsp. of butter, and melt. lower the heat to a simmer and add in the heavy cream and skim milk. whisk in the flour. slowly whisk in 3/4's of the mixed grated cheese until melted.

pour the cooked macaroni into the cheese mixture and mix everything together. pour everything into a large glass pan. top with the rest of the grated cheese, and panko bread crumbs. then place into the oven for 15 mins. remove from oven and directly place into the broiler for 5 mins. on high. remove from broiler and serve.

enjoy :)


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