Pancetta Chive Mac & Cheese

Jen Geelen


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.

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30 Min
45 Min


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


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1Preheat oven to 350.

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2Saute Pancetta for 10-12 min or until cooked through and crispy.

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3In a medium sauce pan, add 16 oz cheddar cheese, butter, and milk. Heat over medium until cheese is melted and creamy.

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4Stir cheddar cheese mixture and pancetta into cooked pasta.

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5Heat opened container of cream cheese in microwave for 30 sec, stirring after 15, to soften. Add cream cheese to pasta mixture.

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6Put pasta mixture into an oven proof casserole dish. Top with 1/2 Cup shredded cheese.

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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