Evil Mac and Cheese

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READY IN: 1hr 10mins
SERVES: 8-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Butter an 9 x 11 casserole dish.
  • Dice pancetta and saute in olive oil , cook until crispy.
  • Place cooked pancetta on paper towel to drain excess fat.
  • Bring to boil water for pasta.
  • Liberally salt pasta water once it comes to a rapid boil.
  • Cook pasta 8 minutes stirring periodically
  • Drain Pasta.
  • While pasta is cooking prepare cheese sauce.
  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat melt 1 stick of unsalted butter.
  • Once melted add 3 tablespoons of flour combine flour/butter mixture.
  • Add half of the salt and pepper (reserve the remainder until after cheeses are added to avoid over seasoning).
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously as to not burn
  • Pour cream into roux.
  • Stir until smooth.
  • Reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer and thicken for 5 minutes.
  • Grate in fresh nutmeg.
  • Add hot sauce & smoked hot paprika.
  • Continue to stir every minute or so.
  • Once mixture is coats back of a spoon begin to whisk in cheeses.
  • Once all of cheeses are incorporated and sauce is smooth remove from heat and stir in pancetta.
  • Taste and adjust salt & pepper seasoning, also add more hot sauce if you desire.
  • Combine pasta and cheese sauce, then add to buttered casserole dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered for remaining 5 minutes.
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