Ultimate comfort food | Macaroni Cheese

Ultimate comfort food | Macaroni Cheese

One of my all-time favourite comfort foods is Macaroni cheese aka Mac ‘n’ Cheese. It’s so versatile – you can throw in whatever you want to jazz it up, and there are so many different ways to make it. My mum has always made it quite saucy in a pot, whereas other family members make it more like a pie and bake it.

My version is a bit of both, and probably steers to more of an American mac ‘n’ cheese. I experimented with wholemeal flour when making the sauce and it really makes a difference. It gives it a really good texture and I kind of feel ‘healthier’ for having wholemeal. I also use some dijon mustard (you could also use English mustard, if you prefer more of a kick), which gives it a subtle but yummy taste.

Ingredients:

  • 320g of macaroni pasta – either curled or straight is fine
  • 500ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 250g grated mature cheddar cheese (I use lighter / reduced fat cheese – again, to ‘feel healthier’)
  • 50g grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons wholemeal flour
  • 1 teaspoon / clove of garlic (minced / pureed / chopped is fine)
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • Handful of breadcrumbs

 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees
  2. Boil the pasta per instruction in slightly seasoned water – ensure it’s slightly al dente.
  3. Whist the pasta is boiling, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the mustard and garlic.
  4. Stir in the flour and gradually add the milk – constantly stirring to avoid any lumpy bits!
  5. The sauce should have thickened up pretty rapidly after a few minutes
  6. Add most of the mature cheddar and parmesan (set a bit of both aside for sprinkling on top)
  7. Stir on a really low heat
  8. Season the sauce with salt and pepper
  9. Drain the pasta well and add to the cheese sauce
  10. Stir and cook for a few mins
  11. Grab an oven dish and pour in the macaroni cheese – give it a shake to even it out.
  12. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs
  13. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes – or until golden and bubbling!

 

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Ultimate comfort food | Macaroni Cheese