Pancetta Chive Mac & Cheese

Jen Geelen

By
@jenji79

I was going to make the "standard" baked mac & cheese for dinner when I came across some Pancetta and Chive & Onion cream cheese in the fridge. So I figured what the heck I'll try something new. I mean my bagels had gotten moldy before I could use the cream cheese anyway, lol. I used cheddar cheese because that's what I had on hand but I think this would be really good with Monterey Jack cheese too.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
45 Min

Ingredients

16 oz
elbow macaroni, cooked
16 oz
cheddar cheese
1/2 c
cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 c
butter
1/2 c
milk
8 oz
philadelphia chive & onion cream cheese
4 oz
pancetta, diced (boar's head)

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 350.
2Saute Pancetta for 10-12 min or until cooked through and crispy.
3In a medium sauce pan, add 16 oz cheddar cheese, butter, and milk. Heat over medium until cheese is melted and creamy.
4Stir cheddar cheese mixture and pancetta into cooked pasta.
5Heat opened container of cream cheese in microwave for 30 sec, stirring after 15, to soften. Add cream cheese to pasta mixture.
6Put pasta mixture into an oven proof casserole dish. Top with 1/2 Cup shredded cheese.
7Bake for 45 min or until heated through and cheese on top has melted and become crispy.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Other Tag: Quick & Easy