Italian Mac and Cheese with Proscuitto

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

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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.

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Prepare your cheeses by shredding, if necessary, and measuring out.

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In a pan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour until a paste forms.

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Add in the milk and whisk until the flour paste is combined.

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Continue to stir for about 5-10 minutes, until sauce has thickened and all clumps have been removed.

Add the cheese…

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…and stir to combine.

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Slice and toast your proscuitto in a pan until crispy.

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Combine all ingredients and place into a baking dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top.

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Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.

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Hope you enjoy this Italian twist on a classic dish! Recipe adapted from here.

How have you made classic dishes fit your ethnicity?

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