1/2 (125g) block red Leicester or mild Cheddar cheese, grated
6 rashers back or streaky bacon, smoked or unsmoked to taste
salt and pepper to taste
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:35min › Ready in:45min
Preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Cut your potatoes into bite size pieces but not too small so they don't go soggy while cooking. Cook in boiling water until they can be easily pierced with a knife. Also cook pasta according to packet instructions until al dente. If you are adding veg, boil them also for 2 to 3 minutes.
Cup up the bacon and scatter it across the bottom of your baking dish. Place in the preheated oven until just cooked or crispy.
Make your cheese sauce according to the packet instructions.
Drain the potatoes and pasta and pour them into the dish on top of the bacon. Gently stir together until well mixed. (also mix in veg if using)
Add your cheese sauce and mix well again. Then add 3/4 of the grated cheese and mix again. Put the rest of the cheese on top.
Bake until the top is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
Leave to cool for about 1 minute before serving as this does get very hot and will burn your mouth.
This is also good with soya sauce or relish on top before baking but maybe that's just my student mentality.