The Ultimate Macaroni Cheese

    THE best macaroni cheese!


    Dorset, England, UK
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    • 200g/6.5oz dry macaroni pasta
    • 60g/2oz butter or margerine
    • 1 chopped onion or 2 tsp onion salt
    • 2 chopped rashers bacon or 100g lardons
    • 30g/1oz plain flour
    • 600ml semi-skimmed milk
    • 2 tsp mixed herbs
    • 200g grated cheddar cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 180-200 °C or gas mark 4. Grease a 1.5 litre ovenproof dish.
    2. Cook the macaroni in boiling water for approx. 8 mins or until tender, then drain. Do this while you complete the other steps.
    3. Heat butter in a large pan, add onion & bacon. Stir over medium heat for 4 mins. Add the flour & stir over low heat for 1 minute.
    4. Remove from heat & gradually add the milk, stirring until smooth. Return to medium heat & cook for 4 mins, stirring until mixture boils & thickens. Simmer over low heat for 1 minute.
    5. Remove from heat. Season with herbs, salt & pepper.
    6. Add the macaroni & approx. two thirds of the grated cheese. Stir, then spoon into the prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese & bake for approx. 25 mins or until lightly golden.


    This serves 4.

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