Friday, 19 February 2016

Foodie Friday - The Ultimate Mac n Cheese

Todays Foodie Friday is certainly not healthy, nor is it the nicest looking food photo, but my goodness it's tasty!

One of my favourite naughty foods is mac n cheese, and this one is certainly pretty naughty and calorific!  Hey, a little bit of what you love is never a bad thing.  It has taken me years to nail the perfect cheese sauce and I have finally found the answer - an insane amount of cheese!  This mac n cheese is really quick and easy to make.

So, what will you need to make this super cheesy dish?

Pasta (I normally put in a couple of handfuls per person) - I like to use proper macaroni

For the cheese sauce:
1 dessert spoon butter
1 heaped tablespoon flour
half a pint milk
250g cheese (yup, 250g - that isn't a typo!)
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard

For the topping:
crisps - any flavour you like
cheese - save some of your 250g
bacon (optional)

Cook your pasta in boiling water for 10 minutes.  While this is cooking you can start making your sauce.  Start by melting the butter in a pan, add the flour and mix with a whisk to create a sort of paste.  Gradually add the milk stirring with each addition until it is all added, and you have a smooth white sauce.  Now comes the cheese!  Keep some of the 250g back for the topping but add the rest to the sauce and stir until all the cheese has melted.  Add a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard and mix well.

By now your pasta should be cooked, drain well and return to the pan.  I normally return to a low heat to make sure all the water is dried off.  Keep stirring so the pasta doesn't stick to the pan.  Mix in your cheese sauce and then transfer to an ovenproof dish.

Crush your crisps to make crumbs and mix with your remaining cheese.  Sprinkle over the top of your mac n cheese and then pop in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius, the top should be golden and crispy.

Serve with whatever you want, I opted for garlic bread and onion rings but if you want to add a bit of colour to your plate (and pretend you're being a little bit healthy) you could add some salad.

Let me know if you try it!


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