- 225g Macaroni
- 250g Cheese
- 45g butter
- Pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper
- Tablespoons plain flour
- Up to a pint of milk
- 5 Tablespoons of breadcrumbs
- 3 Rashers of bacon
Macaroni Cheese, Prep time 15 mins.
This is a fabulous traditional English staple. Delicious and warming. I always cook two different veg to add colour to the plate and ensure the kids get their vitamins too. I recommend getting everything ready in the morning so that when you arrive home and begin cooking, everything is out and ready to go (e.g grated cheese, breadcrumbs etc.) I love my macaroni really cheesy so I over indulge and use a whole pack 250 g but you can reduce to your taste. The trick is to continually stir as you make the sauce, adding milk a little at a time. I used to buy shop bought cheese sauces in powder form, but have over the last year surprised myself at just how easy it is to make – if I can do it so can you! Save a few pennies and just have a go!
Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions, adding a little salt to the water
Chop the bacon into small pieces and fry – put to one side. Butter an oven proof dish.
As the macaroni continues to cook melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the flour and stir for a few minutes.
Turn the heat to low and add the milk gradually stirring with a balloon whisk, cook for 5 minutes increasing the heat slightly and stirring continually. The sauce shouldn’t be too thick or too thin, hence stating ‘up to a pint of milk’ in the ingredients list. As I use a lot of cheese I find that I nearly use a whole pint of milk.
As the macaroni finishes cooking take the sauce off the heat and add all but 3 / 4 tablespoons of grated cheese.
Add the cooked macaroni to the sauce and stir in the bacon pieces.
Add the pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper.
Pour into the buttered oven proof dish.
Sprinkle remaining cheese and breadcrumbs over the top and pop into oven for around 20 -25 mins on gas mark 6. Or just brown under the grill but remember to keep an eye – you don’t want it to burn!
Serve with veg.