Full of flavour, this Special Macaroni Cheese dish is made using gruyere and parmesan cheese, mild pancetta and sourdough breadcrumbs.
Special Macaroni Cheese
500g dried macaroni
8 slices mild pancetta
1/4 cup plain flour
3 cups milk
100g grated Gruyere cheese
15g finely grated parmesan cheese
1 cup sourdough breadcrumbs
5g finely grated parmesan cheese (extra)
1 tsp olive oil
green salad, to serve
1 Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain and return to pan.
2 Put pancetta in a single layer on a large baking tray. Cook for 5 minutes under a hot grill or until golden and crisp. Roughly chop.
3 Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add flour, stirring until well combined. Return to heat and cook for 1 minute or until bubbling. Remove from heat and slowly add milk, whisking constantly, until well combined. Return to heat and bring to the boil, whisking constantly. Add Gruyere and parmesan. Stir through pasta. Transfer to a large 9-cup-capacity ovenproof dish.
4 Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan (extra) and oil. Sprinkle over macaroni. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Serve with a green salad.
Note: If you’re fortunate enough to have leftovers, spoon into small airtight containers for tomorrow’s lunch or freeze for up to 6 weeks.