Apple Cider and Pancetta Mac & Cheese


PREP TIME 15 minutes

COOK TIME 14 minutes

TOTAL TIME 29 minutes

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 315g
Servings: 6

Calories: 520

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat25g32%
Saturated Fat12g60%
Trans Fat0.5g
Dietary Fiber8g29%
Total Sugar8g
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 2%
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 508mg 40%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 582mg 10%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


ZENB Elbows Pasta

ZENB Elbows Pasta will have you falling for a quick mac and cheese that will become your new cheese obsession. Salty pancetta and delicious apple cider create a savory treat in under 30 minutes.


  • 1 box (12 ounces) ZENB Elbows Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ounce pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 small Gala apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme



Cook ZENB Pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water; drain.


Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add pancetta; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Transfer pancetta to clean plate with slotted spoon.


Add apples to same skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently until tender. Add flour to pan; whisk continuously for 1 minute until smooth. Slowly add milk and apple cider while whisking constantly. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce thickens.


Remove pan from heat; add cheese and until smooth. Add pasta and reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, until sauce is smooth and creamy. Garnish with reserved pancetta and thyme.

Tasty Tips

Pancetta is available in the deli section of the grocery store.

Substitute chopped bacon for the pancetta.

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