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one pot mac and cheese with white cheddar and crispy one pot mac and cheese with white cheddar and crispy panchetta

One Pot Mac and Cheese with Crispy Pancetta

one pot mac and cheese with white cheddar and crispy panchetta
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz. elbow pasta (1 box)
  • 3 cups white cheddar cheese (10oz.)
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 oz. pancetta, minced

Instructions
 

  • Cook elbow pasta according to the instructions on the box. Drain and set aside.
  • In the same pot, saute pancetta for 3 minutes over medium high heat, or until crispy. Let pancetta drain on a paper towel lined plate. Drain the grease from the pan.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the flour over medium heat. Allow to brown for a minute stirring constantly. Add the milk, salt, and white pepper and continue to stir until thickened (about 5 minutes). Mix in the pasta and shredded cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Top with the cooked pancetta and serve.