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 Pancetta mac and cheese panini

A sandwich and pasta in one

Four-cheese mac and cheese with pancetta makes this sandwich a real winner for lunch.

Indulge in this creamy and dreamy macaroni and cheese in panini form. Lunch has never tasted so good!

Pancetta mac and cheese panini recipe

Makes 6 sandwiches


  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound (12 slices) pancetta, thinly sliced
  • 12 slices sourdough bread, toasted


  1. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well and reserve.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Whisk in flour until well combined. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, whisking constantly, until fully incorporated, 1-2 minutes. Stir in cream cheese, then gradually whisk in cheddar, Asiago and Romano cheese until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cheese sauce to pasta and stir to combine.
  3. Place 2 slices of pancetta each on 6 slices of bread, then top with a generous scoop of prepared macaroni and cheese. Place another slice of bread on top to create a sandwich. Repeat with remaining slices of bread and macaroni and cheese.
  4. In a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat, melt remaining butter. Place sandwiches in pan and grill, flipping once, until bread is golden and filling is heated through, about 2-3 minutes per side.

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