Mac 'n' cheese

    50 min

    A deliciously rich and comforting macaroni cheese.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 225g (8 oz) uncooked macaroni
    • 50g (2 oz) butter
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 275g (10 oz) grated mature Cheddar cheese
    • 50g (2 oz) grated Parmesan cheese
    • 750ml (1¼ pints) milk
    • 30g (1 oz) butter
    • 50g (2 oz) dried breadcrumbs
    • pinch paprika

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
    2. In a saucepan, melt 50g butter over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole or baking dish and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
    3. Melt remaining butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas mark 4 for 30 minutes. Tuck in immediately!

    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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    Used different ingredients. i substituted 100ml of milk for 100 ml of single cream, and added chopped honey roast ham. delicious!  -  18 May 2009


    Altered ingredient amounts. I added about 150g extra cheese. It still needs something though - maybe some pepper and worchester sauce in the sauce. Crumbled bacon would be yummy too.  -  07 Aug 2008


    I added onion, leek and chopped ham. I thought the sauce would be too thin but after the stated 30mins in the oven in was just right. Delicious!  -  08 Dec 2012