pancetta chive mac & cheese

★★★★★ 1
By Jen Geelen
from Wahiawa, HI

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.

★★★★★ 1
prep time 30 Min
cook time 45 Min

Ingredients For pancetta chive mac & cheese

  • 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)

How To Make pancetta chive mac & cheese

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

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