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Macaroni Cheese is great, but here are a few variations to make your Mac 'n' Cheese really zing! Straight Macaroni Cheese - incredibly unctuous and rich. Pancetta & Roasted Corn super scrummy. Roasted Pepper & Garlic for that Mediterranean vibe Spiced Macaroni powerful flavours to melt your tastebuds
Servings 4
Calories 645 kcal
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 200 g dried macaroni
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 40 g butter, softened
  • 30 g plain flour
  • 275 milk
  • 175 g grated Cornish Kern or strong Cheddar
  • 2 pinches nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp English mustard, level
  • ½ vegetable stock cube
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices white bread, crusts removed and made into crumbs

Instructions
 

  • Cook the macaroni in plenty of boiling water until just cooked, then drain really well, add a tbsp oil to stop the pasta from sticking together.
  • Warm the olive oil and add the onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften. If making the spiced macaroni add the spices here and cookout with the onions
  • Add the milk and stock cube bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, mix the butter and flour together to form a paste.
  • Once the milk is boiling, turn down the heat to a simmer, whisk in the butter and flour mixture, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and stir in 125g of the cheese and the cooked macaroni.
  • Add a pinch or two of nutmeg, mustard and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in your chosen additions if using.
  • Spoon into an ovenproof dish, top with the 50g grated Cheddar and the breadcrumbs brown under a hot grill or in the oven for about 10 minutes.
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Notes

Pancetta & Roasted Corn:
  • 125g pancetta cubes, fried until crispy
  • 2 corn on the cob, kernels removed and fried in a pan until golden
Roasted Pepper & Garlic:
  • 2 whole roasted peppers sliced (from a jar)
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed into a paste 
Spiced Macaroni:
  • 1 generous pinch of garam masala and turmeric
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
Nutrition Facts
Macaroni Cheese 4 Ways
Amount per Serving
Calories
645
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
33
g
51
%
Saturated Fat
 
16
g
100
%
Cholesterol
 
71
mg
24
%
Sodium
 
738
mg
32
%
Potassium
 
349
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
64
g
21
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cheese, macaroni
Course Cheese, Classic Main Courses, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine ITV This Morning, Winter
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