Super Cheesy Macaroni Cheese

Super Cheesy Macaroni Cheese


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About this recipe: This pasta dish is a little different from the average macaroni cheese bake. It's has a delicious crunchy cheese and breadcrumb topping. Once you make this dish, it will become a firm favourite.


Serves: 12 

  • 210g macaroni
  • 50g butter, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 350ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 225g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 125g grated Cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 110g dry breadcrumbs

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 20x30cm glass baking dish.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni and return to the boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and mix with half of the butter.
  3. While the macaroni is boiling, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onions and cook until the onions begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 5 minutes longer. Add the milk and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Cook and stir until the milk has thickened, about 10 minutes. Once thick and smooth, stir in the salt, white pepper, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, mustard, 225g Cheddar cheese and 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheeses have melted, then stir in the macaroni until evenly coated. Scrape into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Toss the remaining Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese with the dry breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the macaroni.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the macaroni is hot and the crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Parmesan cheese

Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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