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Easy Creamy Mac'n Cheese and Pancetta



Mood: yummy

Cost: Cheap

Difficulty: Easy

Rating: XXXX
The Tease
Serve this dish with a salad and some white wine and enjoy. This is not a healthy dish. It's delicious comfort food.

Time To Make: Prep: 5m Cook: 20 Serves more than 2
Factoid
Italian pancetta is a type of dry cured meat. It is pork belly that has been salt cured, salted and spiced (nutmeg, pepper, fennel, dried ground hot peppers and garlic are often featured), and dried for about three months (but usually not smoked). There are many varieties, and in Italy each region produces its own type. In Corsica it is considered a regional flavour. Pancetta can be rolled (see photograph), or straight (with all the fat on one side). The straight variety is more common in Italy and Spain than elsewhere, especially where home-made pancetta is still produced.



Ingredients
• 1 lb (450 g) macaroni pasta

• 6 Oz (200 g) of diced pancetta

• 1 Tbsp (30 ml) • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) unsalted butter

• 2 Tbsp (30 ml) all purpose flour

• 2 Cups (500 ml) 18%cream

• 1 cup (250 ml) milk

• 1 cup (250 ml) Asiago, shredded

• 1 cup (250 ml) of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

• 3 Tablespoons of chopped parley (for garnish)

• 1 Tablespoon of dried nutmeg

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Topping • 1/2 cup (125 ml) dried Italian flavored bread crumbs

• 1/2 cup (125 ml) Provolone, shredded

Equipment
• Large pot (to cook pasta)

• Large sauce pan

• Cheese grater (it's cheaper to buy cheese in bulk and grate it yourself)

• Measuring cups and spoons

Preparation (Do it!)
1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender; drain well.

2. Heat on medium-high, one Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in large saucepan. Add pancetta and cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly brown. Remove from the pot and hold.

3. Heat butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in cream, milk and add the pancetta. Return to medium heat and stir until sauce boils and thickens.

4. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes; remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients (except for the bread crumbs, Provolone cheese, parsley} and macaroni. Spoon into a buttered large oven proof casserole dish.

5. Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle over top of macaroni. Brown under preheated broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Lastly, sprinkle parsley all over it.



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