Mac and cheese can safely be defined, in my opinion, as the ultimate comfort food. There are so many spins on the recipe out there, but I wanted to try making one with more Italian style ingredients. Ciao, proscuitto and parmesan!
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- 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tbs flour
- 2 tbs unsalted butter
- 2 oz prosciutto
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded Italian blend (I used a mozzarella and provolone combo)
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- 1/2 box whole wheat rotini
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- salt and pepper
Boil water and prepare pasta according to package directions. While water is boiling, heat milk on a very low setting for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally, not allowing a film to develop.
Prepare your cheeses by shredding, if necessary, and measuring out.
In a pan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour until a paste forms.
Add in the milk and whisk until the flour paste is combined.
Continue to stir for about 5-10 minutes, until sauce has thickened and all clumps have been removed.
Add the cheese…
…and stir to combine.
Slice and toast your proscuitto in a pan until crispy.
Combine all ingredients and place into a baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
Hope you enjoy this Italian twist on a classic dish! Recipe adapted from here.
How have you made classic dishes fit your ethnicity?