Sunday, 6 March 2011

Macaroni Cheese

My favourite food from childhood, I used to get fed this as a baby. It's perfect comfort food, and the way this one is done is a little less heavy than most other recipes you'd find. Use your favourite cheese on the top; i used Gruyere for a punchy flavour with a relatively small amount.

Macaroni cheese

Serves 4

Preparation time 30 - 40 mins

2 pint/ 1.1L milk

2 tbsp plain flour

65g Parmesan or similar cheese

Grated cheese for sprinkling on top

250g macaroni pasta

A generous teaspoon of pureed garlic - optional

A couple of bay leaves - optional

Dried bread crumbs - optional

Preheat oven to 200C

* Cook the macaroni in salted boiling water for 8-10 mins, or 2 mins less than the packet recommends

* Make the white sauce (See my white sauce recipe!) and mix in the parmesan and optional extras once the sauce has boiled.

* Put the pasta into an ovenproof dish and pour the sauce on top (I added a layer of tinned sweetcorn for some veggies)

* Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly on top (and the breadcrumbs, if using)

* Bake for up to 10 - 15 mins, best to keep an eye on it and make sure it isn't getting too dry or burnt.

* You could stick it under the grill afterwards fr an extra couple of minutes for extra crispiness

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