2nd Oct 2023
There are hundreds of variations on this classic dish, but the best recipes are often the simple ones – and nothing beats a home-made Mac ‘n Cheese.
Feeds 4-5 people Oven temperature: 190ºC (170ºC fan)/gas 4
For the Topping:
Cook the macaroni in plenty of salted boiling water, with a splash of olive oil to separate the strands, until tender but with a bit of bite (about 8 minutes).
To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter gently in a pan on a low heat and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, for a couple of minutes, then very gradually add the milk, stirring all the time until you have a smooth sauce.
Carry on stirring for a few minutes until it thickens, then add the mustard. Stir in the cheddar until melted. Take off the heat. At this point you can add the pepper, plus chopped hard boiled egg or fried bacon, or whatever takes your fancy.
Drain the macaroni and rinse under cold running water. Grease a baking dish with butter, then combine the pasta with the cheese sauce and tip into the dish.
Mix the breadcrumbs and the Parmesan/extra Cheddar and sprinkle over the top of the dish. Arrange the tomatoes on top.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the top is golden. Allow to cool a little before serving.
Tip: For a lower fat version, use half milk & half vegetable stock for the cheese sauce and add use light Cheddar cheese.
Serve with: A mixed green salad or steamed broccoli
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