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Grown Up Macaroni and Cheese

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Ok, let’s get something straight here. I’m not one to say that my recipe is the best I’ve ever had. Even though most of the time it is. Just kidding… kind of. I have to say though, this mac and cheese is unreal. It’s very important to use good quality cheese for this recipe. Come on people, you can do better than that shredded fake yellow Kraft cheddar! Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and a place to use it, but this recipe isn’t the time. Use the good stuff. Ok, time for mac and cheese
Ingredients
  Ditalini pasta 1 Pound (macaroni, or any pasta of your choice)
  Butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Pancetta 4 Ounce, diced (Optional)
  All-purpose flour 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Milk 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  White cheddar cheese 5 Ounce, grated (sharp)
  Gouda cheese 3 Ounce, grated
  Gruyere cheese 5 Ounce, grated
  Nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
For topping
  Panko 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Parmesan 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), grated
  Chopped parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven at 400*F.

MAKING
2. In a saucepan with salted boiling water, put in the pasta and allow to cook as per the packet instructions.
3. Meanwhile, in a pot, heat butter and stir in pancetta, until it gets light browns and crispy.
4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta in a plate and keep aside.
5. In the same pot, sprinkle in all-purpose flour and cook whisking continuously it for about 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Stream in little bit of milk at a time and whisk it well after each addition.
7. Add in all the cheeses to the pot and sprinkle with nutmeg, whisk well.
8. Using a slotted ladle, drain the boiled pasta and add in to the cheese sauce.
9. Stir in the fried pancetta and turn off the heat.
For the topping
10. In a mixing bowl, put together panko, cheese and parsley, and stir well to mix.
11. Sprinkle the panko mixture all over the macaroni and cheese, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 F.

SERVING
12. Serve hot as desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Feel: 
Cheesy
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Macaroni
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Occasion: 
Mother's Day
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 609 Calories from Fat 264

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 30 g45.8%

Saturated Fat 16.3 g81.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 86.8 mg28.9%

Sodium 614 mg25.6%

Total Carbohydrates 57 g19.1%

Dietary Fiber 2.5 g9.9%

Sugars 7.2 g

Protein 27 g54.5%

Vitamin A 13.9% Vitamin C 0.02%

Calcium 52.6% Iron 7.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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