Macaroni cheese and bacon
Food, recipes

The ultimate macaroni cheese.

It’s such good comfort food. A proper winter warmer. It’s something that I hardly ever have. Whenever I do have it, it never has enough cheese in or it’s too dry. And at home, we don’t eat a huge amount of pasta as we’re a bit crap at planning our meals! However, now I’m working back in Colchester, we need to be a lot more organised, otherwise we won’t be eating anything other than fast food. I also wanted to do this as it will be great to take in for lunch tomorrow.

As ever, I wanted to make it slightly different to the bog standard ‘mac and cheese’. I added mustard, garlic and bacon bits to my sauce and it definitely made a difference. The mustard cut through the richness of the sauce and just gives it more depth of flavour. It was so easy to make and I don’t know how anyone can buy a ready meal when it tastes ten times better homemade! This recipe will serve 4.

Prep time: 5 minutes.

Cooking time: 40 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 100g macaroni pasta per person.
  • 300g mature cheddar cheese grated.
  • 200g stilton cheese.
  • 200g parmesan cheese.
  • 300g smoked bacon lardons.
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard.
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard.
  • 1 tsp lazy garlic.
  • Ground black pepper.
  • 600ml vegetable stock.
  • 40g plain flour.
  • 40g butter.

Method:

  1. Firstly, grate the cheese and set to one side. You want to save 3/4 of the parmesan for baking in the oven.
  2. Secondly, boil some water to cook your pasta. Use a small pinch of salt.
  3. Then, melt the flour and butter, then whisk together. Slowly add the vegetable stock and constantly whisk.
  4. When you have added all the stock, add the cheese and whisk until it has all melted.
  5. Add the mustard and black pepper to taste. Do not add any salt as the bacon will add enough saltiness.
  6. Set the sauce to one side and drain your pasta when it’s cooked.
  7. In a separate frying pan, cook off the garlic and bacon lardons. Mix them in with the sauce and the macaroni. Put in an ovenproof dish.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan on top of the pasta and bake in the oven for 20 minutes on 200 degrees.

Enjoy.

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