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Macaroni Cheese

Post  TP on Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:58 am

I love macaroni Cheese and feel its high time i started making my own Embarassed

If you have it please share with me the best way to make a nice tasty one? Wink
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Post  froogs on Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:14 pm

My little ones love macaroni cheese.

I get my recipe from BBC Good food (a very good online free database of recipes)

50g baguette , cut into small chunks
2 tbsp butter , plus 1 tbsp melted
350g spiral or other short pasta
1 garlic clove , finely chopped
1 tsp English mustard powder
3 tbsp plain flour
500ml whole milk
250g mature cheddar , grated
50g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Spread the chunks of bread over a baking sheet, drizzle with the melted butter and season. Bake for 6 mins until crisp, then set aside.

Boil the pasta for 2 mins less than stated on the pack. Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan. Add the garlic and mustard, cook for 1 min, then stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min more, then gradually whisk in the milk until you have a lump-free sauce. Simmer for 5 mins, whisking constantly until thickened. Take off the heat, then stir in all the cheddar and half the Parmesan.

Stir the pasta and some seasoning into the cheesy sauce, then tip into a large ovenproof dish, or 4 individual dishes. Scatter over the bread and remaining Parmesan, then bake for 20 mins until crisp and golden. Can be frozen before baking - defrost thoroughly before cooking.
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Re: Macaroni Cheese

Post  TP on Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:20 pm

mmmmmmm
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Post  stiltwalker on Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:44 pm

Macaroni cheese with "stuff" in is a favourite in our house. I just chuck in whatever veg, leftover meat or bacon bits I have knocking about.

My easy one pot method for the sauce is to fry of whatever you are using eg onion, garlic, bacon bits, red pepper and frozen peas in half and half and half olive oil and butter mix. Add a good tablespoon of plain flour and stir to absorb fat, add a teaspoon of mustard powder (if using made up mustard wait til after you've added milk), add about half a pint of milk and stir in, keep stirring to get rid of any lumps and keep adding milk til you get the consistency you want (usually just short of a pint for me). Once you got a little bubble every so often trn heat down and add a good handful of grated cheddar (or whatever you've got bear in mind though that orange cheeses will affect the colour an mozzarella, edam, gouda type will make stretchy strings). You can serve as is or mix in with cooked past, put in an oven proof dish and top with breadcrumbs or scrunched up crisps and a scatter of grated cheese and grill. You can even make it and leave to go cold then ok in the oven for about half an hour til piping hot and browned on top the next day.

Must have had this about 3 times a week for about 4 months as dring the first half of my last pregnancy I craved cheese sauce based meals! Down to about once a week as it's great for using bits up.
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