My Macaroni Cheese

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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Ready in: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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My Macaroni Cheese

This is great comfort food and you can add your own twist.

Ingredients

  • 300g dried macaroni
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 60g butter, softened
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1 pint milk
  • 200g grated strong Cheddar
  • pinch or two of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 level tbsp English mustard
  • 1Ž x 10g vegetable stock cube
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt
  • freshly milled pepper
  • 4 slices white bread, crusts removed and made into crumbs

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Method

 

  1. Cook the macaroni in plenty of boiling water, until just cooked, then drain well, add a tbsp oil to stop the pasta sticking together.
  2. Warm the olive oil and add the onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften.
  3. Add the milk, stock cube then bring to the boil.
  4. Meanwhile mix the butter and flour together, to form a paste.
  5. Once the milk is boiling, turn down the heat to a simmer, then whisk in the butter and flour mixture, and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Take off the heat and stir in 175g of the cheese and the cooked macaroni.
  7. Add a pinch or two of nutmeg, mustard, pepper, salt and the chopped basil.
  8. Spoon into an ovenproof dish, top with the 25g grated Cheddar and the breadcrumbs then brown under a hot grill or in the oven for about 10 minutes.

 

Phil's Tips

You can also replace the cheese with Roquefort for a stronger flavor.

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