Mac and Cheese Recipe – A Super Comfort Food

Mac and cheese Oven Ready

A simple no frills Mac and cheese dish that’s perfect for weekends or a supper time dish and a good addition to a get together, can be made in advance and served cold if you wish. 

Just a tasty and easy food, there are many ways to make this dish including some healthier options.

I find macaroni and cheese the perfect dish for a quick treat after a hike, perhaps even packed up for the hike ahead or just a homely yummy supper. 

When I make a batch of Mac and Cheese I like to go over the top and make extra so I can freeze individual portions, it comes in really handy on a hectic day.

Serve as you please with a salad or wonderful with a yummy ciabatta garlic bread if you’re not counting the calories! One of my favorite additions is a toasted slice of Home baked olive and tomato bread.

plated mac and cheese

Equipment

A medium sized deep pie or casserole dish.

A large saucepan for boiling the pasta. Medium sized pan for the cheese sauce.

A steamer or pan for the broccoli.

A wooden spoon.

A Whisk.

Grater for the cheese.

Mac and Cheese Recipe – A Super Comfort Food

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Janine Moore Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

220

kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons of Plain Flour

  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter

  • 1 Clove of Garlic (or half a teaspoon of powdered garlic will suffice)

  • 350 g of any kind of short pasta. My preference is the wholemeal shell type. (Conchiglie)

  • 250 g Grated Mature Cheddar. My personal preference is a half fat version.

  • 50 g Grated Parmesan Cheese. Or vegetarian alternative.

  • 1 Large teaspoon of Wholegrain Mustard. You can use other types of mustard if you prefer. 

  • 500 ml whole milk

  • Pinch of salt and pepper.

Directions

  • First preheat your oven to 180c/Gas mrk 6 /200c Fan Assisted.
  • Boil the pasta on a steady heat until almost cooked then take off the stove and drain.
  • To prepare the rich cheese sauce melt the butter in a pan and add the chopped clove of garlic along with the mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper cook gently for a minute.
  • Add the flour, stirring continually cook for a further minute before slowly and gradually adding the pint of milk, or enough milk for the sauce consistency you prefer. I like to use a whisk whilst adding the milk to keep the sauce lump free.
  • Simmer gently whilst whisking for another few minutes then stir in the cheese a little at a time with a wooden spoon, keep back enough grated cheese to sprinkle over the top of the dish.
  • Into the deep casserole dish, put the pre-cooked pasta and pour over the tasty cheese sauce and turn it about until all is coated then top with a generous sprinkle of cheese. 
  • Bake for around 20 mins until the cheese topping melts to a light golden brown.

Serving suggestion; a salad and garlic ciabatta or a toasted slice of Olive and Tomato Specialty Bread work great together with this dish.  Bon Appetite!

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