Mac ‘n’ hock-a-roni cheese

Mac ‘n’ hock-a-roni cheese

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Make a cheat's cheese sauce to whip up this favourite pasta bake in half an hour - add a twist with ham hock and peas

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
717
protein
37g
carbs
86g
fat
24g
saturates
14g
fibre
9g
sugar
5g
salt
2.7g

Ingredients

  • 400g macaroni
  • 140g frozen peas
  • 140g light mascarpone
  • 1 heaped tbsp English mustard
  • 140g Gruyère or cheddar, grated
  • 2 x 90g packs pulled ham hock, or 175g shredded ham
  • 4-6 tbsp dried breadcrumbs

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Method

  1. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, adding the peas for the final 3 mins. Drain, reserving a mug of cooking water, then tip the macaroni and peas back into the pan.
  2. Heat grill to medium. Put the pan back on the heat and tip in the mascarpone, mustard and most of cheese. Mix well and add enough of the reserved cooking water to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta without it looking dry. Stir in the ham and season to taste.
  3. Tip into an ovenproof dish and scatter over the breadcrumbs and remaining cheese, then grill for 5 mins until golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2013

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lucyrjones's picture

This was a very easy meal and a nice change from the usual cheese sauce. I substituted sweetcorn for the peas and used cream cheese instead of mascarpone. Everything worked well and it's gone on my repeat list.

Philex's picture

Quick and easy meal enjoyed by the whole family

rtight's picture

Lovely recipe, very quick and easy. I added some sautéed mushrooms and a little cayenne pepper to add a little extra kick.

melangeth's picture

Is the mustard in this dish supposed to be dry or prepared mustard?

sarahah's picture

Absolutely delicious. A new mid week favourite. I would say that I used the whole 250g tub of mascarpone to make the sauce. Lovely mustardy flavour. Not sure if I'd add the breadcrumbs next time though.

africanqueen's picture

I loved this dish, its cheap, easy to prepare and goes down a storm with the family, an all round winner :-)

davielin's picture
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A great mid-week meal - quick to make and loved by all the family. I was worried about the amount of mustard and only added 2 tspn - this resulted in only a hint of mustard taste, so 1 tbspn would be fine. Adding the ham really calms down the mustard flavour - it seemed much more mustardy before this!

maggiebleksley's picture

Looks like a great variation of traditional macaroni cheese and I'd like to try it, but I'm not sure if the mustard in the recipe is supposed to be ready mixed or powder.

maggiebleksley's picture

Looks like a great variation of traditional macaroni cheese and I'd like to try it, but I'm not sure if the mustard in the recipe is supposed to be ready mixed or powder.

eleanormayo's picture
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This was a yummy take on macaroni cheese & a lot easier than making a traditional white sauce! Although there is a typo in the recipe (both online and in the mag), you need 140g cheese not 14g!! I used Dijon mustard as that was all a I had and think that 1tbsp English mustard would probably be too strong. Also, you do need all the cooking liquid as it would be too dry otherwise.

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