Bobby Flay’s Macaroni and Cheese Carbonara

A close-up shot of a melty macaroni and cheese carbonara casserole
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
4 servings

From Bobby Flay’s ‘Throwdown!’ cookbook



Unsalted butter, for the baking dish
Tbsp olive oil
slices (1-inch-thick) pancetta, cut into small dice
clove garlic, finely chopped
Tbsp all-purpose flour
cup whole milk, or more if needed, hot
large egg yolks, lightly whisked
tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
tsp cayenne pepper
cup freshly grated Asiago cheese, plus more for the top
1 ½
cup shredded Irish white cheddar, plus more for the top
1 ½
cup American cheddar, such as Goot Essa Mountain Valley, plus more for the top
cup grated aged fontina cheese, plus more for the top
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
lb(s) elbow macaroni, cooked just under al dente
cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 10 × 10 × 2-inch baking dish and set it aside.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.

Step 3

Add the garlic to the fat in the pan and cook until light golden brown, 1 minute. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the hot milk, raise the heat to high, and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs until incorporated and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the thyme, cayenne, and all the different cheeses until completely melted. Season with salt and pepper. If the mixture appears too thick, add additional warm milk, 1/4 cup at a time.

Step 4

Put the cooked macaroni in a large bowl, add the cheese sauce, reserved pancetta, and the parsley, and stir until combined. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

Step 5

Combine the additional 1/4 cup each fontina, cheddar, Asiago, and Parmesan in a bowl, and sprinkle evenly over the top. Bake until the dish is heated through and the top is a light golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

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