World’s Best Mac and Cheese

World’s Best Mac and Cheese – so creamy, cheesy, and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher’s in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta – crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!

World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!

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Earlier this year we took a trip to Seattle for a few days. We had the best time! Seattle is a great town. I could totally live there. We spent the better part of our first day in town down at Pike Place Market. If you’ve never been to Pike Place Market, you must go. It is great. They have to most beautiful flowers that I’ve ever seen. There are also TONS of fun places to eat. We ate our way down the street and back up again. One of our favorite spots was Beecher. They make their own cheese and claim to have the best Mac & Cheese in the World. We couldn’t pass up the chance to try the World’s Best Mac & Cheese!

The Mac & Cheese was really, really good. Super creamy and cheesy. We both really enjoyed it. Beecher’s published the recipe on their website, so I whipped up a batch when we got home. I did make a couple of little changes. I didn’t have the Beecher cheese, so I substituted Jarlsberg cheese, and I also added some pancetta. We both LOVED this! Especially the yummy pancetta in the pasta.

World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!

This can be served as a side dish or main dish. We ate it as a main dish with a side salad. SO good! Creamy, cheesy, and delicious – just like the original. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this yummy pasta:

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World’s Best Mac and Cheese

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
World's Best Mac and Cheese – so creamy, cheesy, and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta – crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!

Ingredients:

  • 6- oz penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 8- oz diced pancetta
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • cups whole milk
  • 2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, grated, divided
  • ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated, divided
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder, divided
  • tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8×8-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small skillet, cook pancetta until slightly crispy. Drain fat and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 1¾ cup Jarlsberg cheese, ¼ cup Monterey Jack cheese, salt, ¼ tsp chili powder, and garlic powder. Stir until all cheese has melted.
  • Combine cooked pasta, pancetta, and cheese sauce. Spread into prepared pan. Top with remaining cheese and chili powder.
  • Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:

Can assemble casserole and refrigerate overnight.
Can freeze assembled casserole and bake later. To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.
Can substitute bacon or ham for pancetta.

Steph

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World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!
World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!
World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!
World's Best Mac and Cheese - so creamy, cheese and delicious! Just like the original at Beecher's in Seattle! Pasta tossed in a quick homemade cheese sauce with Jarlsberg and Jack cheese. We added pancetta - crazy good! Everyone cleaned their plate!

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  1. This looks delicious. But I have to tell you, when I go to your blog I get a pop up asking me to subscribe. I'm already a subscriber. The pop up has no "x" to get out of it, so I have to close the page and re-enter. This happens 3 times in a row and then finally I can see your post. BTW, it happens each time I visit.

  2. Beecher's mac and cheese really is the absolute best!! I am DYING to try this and see how it measures up. I love that you added pancetta!!

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