Recipe: Vermont Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Pancetta

Vermont Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Pancetta from Jad of New South Food Company

We’re delighted today to introduce Jad from New South Food Company. Jad specializes in gourmet southern dishes with a New South twist, and we’re thrilled to welcome his recipes to How to Decorate over the next couple of months. Our mouths are already watering over this first recipe, so we can’t wait to see what dishes he has in store for us!

Recipe: Vermont Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Pancetta
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Serves: 6-8
  • ½ pound pancetta, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounces white Vermont cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup grated fresh parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces macaroni noodles
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box, strain and set aside.
  2. Add pancetta to sauce pan, set on low-medium heat, and cook until all the fat has rendered and the pancetta is crispy. Remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon leaving the fat in the pan.
  3. Add the flour to the pancetta fat and whisk to create a roux. Cook the roux on low heat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the milk and whisk to incorporate the roux. Bring the milk/roux mix to a simmer being careful to not let it boil over. At this point the milk should be slightly thickened.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly incorporate the cheeses, whisking to melt. You can add the pan back to low heat if it becomes too cool but be careful to not scorch the bottom of the pan.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add pasta, pancetta, and parsley to cheese sauce and serve. If sauce is too thick add 1-2 tablespoons of milk until you reach desired consistency.


Vermont Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Pancetta from Jad of New South Food Company


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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    Sherry Hart

    February 7, 2014

    This looks incredible!