Macaroni Cheese is one of those comfort foods that, when I’m feeling blah or just uninspired in the kitchen, I know I can make and I know I’ll enjoy. I have a number of go to recipes but this is the easiest to make and, nine times out of ten, I have all the ingredients in the cupboards so it’s also stress and shopping free.
What you’ll need
- 250g dried macaroni pasta
- 150 ml of milk
- 150 ml of single cream (you can replace this with milk)
- 225g medium or mature cheddar
- 50g butter
- 1 tbsp. plain flour
- 60g breadcrumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
What you’ll need to do
- cook the pasta following the packet instructions and set to one side
- on a low heat, melt the butter in a medium to large pan then add the flour and stir for a few minutes
- slowly add the milk, whisking as you go to avoid the mixture getting lumpy – when it’s all mixed increase the heat so the milk starts to simmer and thicken
- Reduce the heat and add the cream. Let simmer for a further few minutes then add the cheese. You should be left with a nice thick sauce. If it isn’t thick enough, leave on a low heat for another minute or two.
- Add the pasta then put into an ovenproof dish. Cover with breadcrumbs and cook at 180°C (170°C Fan)/350°/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes or until golden, bubbly and brown.
Take out, serve up and enjoy!
What is your comfort food or do you have a maccie cheese recipe you can’t live without.