Manchego Mac with Pancetta and Roasted Garlic

Jamie Brown-Miller


Sweet roasted garlic accompanies savory pancetta and peppery arugula in this decadent Manchego mac. Topped with tangy brioche breadcrumbs, it's a grown-up version of an old favorite!

★★★★★ 2 votes
30 Min
30 Min


1 large
head of garlic
1 Tbsp
olive oil
3 c
pancetta, cubed
1 c
butter, divided
3 Tbsp
dijon mustard
1 tsp
cayenne pepper
3 c
brioche bread, torn to small bits
1 lb
macaroni pasta noodles
6 Tbsp
all-purpose flour
2 c
heavy cream
2 c
5 c
manchego cheese, coarsely grated
salt and pepper to taste
3 c
arugula, chopped

How to Make Manchego Mac with Pancetta and Roasted Garlic


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice top from the head of garlic to expose cloves. Place in a small ovenproof dish, drizzle with olive oil, cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. While garlic roasts, make the remaining ingredients.
  • 2Turn oven to 400 degrees. Set water to boil in a large stock pot.
  • 3In a medium skillet, cook the pancetta over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crispy and browned on the edges. Set aside on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • 4To make the brioche crust, melt the half of the butter in the microwave or on low heat on the stove, then mix with the mustard and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Toss with the brioche bits and set aside.
  • 5When the water in the stock pot is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain.
  • 6While pasta is cooking, make the sauce:
 In a medium saucepan on low-medium heat, melt the remaining butter. Incorporate the flour, using a whisk. Continue to whisk for about three minutes, then whisk in the heavy cream and milk, a little at a time. Bring to a simmer, continuously whisking. Add the cheese gradually, stirring constantly until all cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Squeeze roasted garlic cloves from their skins and mash with a fork. Add mashed garlic to the cheese sauce along with salt and pepper to taste.
  • 7Assemble and Bake: Mix the pasta and sauce, making sure all noodles are coated. Fold in the pancetta and arugula. Pour into a large casserole dish. Sprinkle with brioche crumb topping, and bake until the topping turns golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Serve.

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About Manchego Mac with Pancetta and Roasted Garlic

Course/Dish: Side Casseroles