Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mac and Cheese with Pancetta

This came from a September 2008 Bon Appetit magazine.  The absolute best mac and cheese I have ever put in my mouth.  It takes a while to make and you feel like you use every pan in the kitchen but it is so worth it!  My mom doesn't even like mac and cheese and she requests this one!

Mac and Cheese with Pancetta

Ingredients
•8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, divided
•4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (Italian bacon), coarsely chopped
•1 cup finely chopped onion
•3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
•1 garlic clove, minced
•1/4 cup all purpose flour
•3 1/2 cups (or more) whole milk
•2 1/2 cups coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese
•1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
•1 8- to 8.8-ounce container mascarpone cheese
•1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
•1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
•1 pound orecchiette (little ear-shaped pasta) or large elbow macaroni

Preparation

•Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; sauté until crisp, about 6 minutes. Add onion; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add crushed red pepper and garlic; stir 1 minute. Stir in 3 tablespoons butter; allow to melt, then add flour and stir 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 3 1/2 cups milk; simmer until thick enough to coat spoon thickly, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in cheeses. Whisk in more milk by 1/4 cupfuls until sauce is thick but pourable. Season with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Chill uncovered until cool; cover and chill. Rewarm, stirring over medium heat.

•Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add panko and stir until very light golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

•Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain well. Return pasta to pot. Add warm cheese sauce; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over. Bake mac and cheese until heated through and topping is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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