Laura's Crumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta for 8 minutes; pasta will be slightly undercooked. Drain, rinsed with cold water, and drain again.
  2. Pulse bread in food processr until coarse crumbs form (about 2 3/4 cups).
  3. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add pancetta, and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and crisp, 9-10 minutes. Remove pancetta with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.
  4. Reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons pancetta drippings in pan. Melt 4 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat with drippings. Add breadcrumbs, and cook, stirring to coat, until they are light gold and beginning to crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  5. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming (Do not let milk come to a boil) Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour to butter, whisking until smooth. Add milk slowly, whisking constantly until combined. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, and stir until melted. Stir in reserved pancetta, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoons salt. Season with pepper.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F Place pasta in a 9-inch round baking dish that's 3-inches deep. Stir in cheese sauce, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Spread bread crumbs on top. Pace dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until crumbs are deep golden brown and sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Serve hot.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 764.83 Kcal (3202 kJ)
Calories from fat 491.8 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54.64g 84%
Cholesterol 170.22mg 57%
Sodium 1306.32mg 54%
Potassium 328.53mg 7%
Total Carbs 22.52g 8%
Sugars 6g 24%
Dietary Fiber 1.62g 6%
Protein 44.93g 90%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 5%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Calcium 1195.9mg 120%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 250.18 Kcal (1047 kJ)
Calories from fat 160.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.87g 84%
Cholesterol 55.68mg 57%
Sodium 427.31mg 54%
Potassium 107.46mg 7%
Total Carbs 7.37g 8%
Sugars 1.96g 24%
Dietary Fiber 0.53g 6%
Protein 14.7g 90%
Iron 0.4mg 7%
Calcium 391.2mg 120%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 19.5
  • 20

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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