no boxed meals here…

Tonight was a play on an old comfort food… amped up mac and cheese! For mine, I incorporated shards of four different Italian cheeses. The players in this food game were asiago, pecorino romano, parmesan and provolone.
I started by rendering some pancetta [then set aside], then cooked an onion that I diced in the pancetta fat and a few tablespoons of butter. Once softened, I added some flour and whisked till it was a grainy texture. Then I slowly added some milk and stirred till it began to thicken. Once the mixture started to boil, I reduced the heat and cooked for a few extra minutes. For a little spicy kick, an addition of some cayenne pepper and then all of the cheeses. Everything was stirred till melty. Lastly, the pasta shells that were cooking got tossed into the cheese mixture, as well as the pancetta that was set aside…
Onto a plate and thrown quickly under the broiler to brown and crisp everything up, and then dinner was served!
Salty from the pancetta, gooey thanks to the cheeses, and just a touch of heat from the cayenne brought everything together…

at a low simmer…
-R

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