Best-ever macaroni cheese

Best-ever macaroni cheese

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Use up the remnants of a French stick to make a crunchy topping for this family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
860
protein
38g
carbs
88g
fat
42g
saturates
25g
fibre
0g
sugar
9g
salt
1.92g

Ingredients

  • 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

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Method

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2009

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david27's picture

As it says "Best Ever"

AliSales's picture

Brilliant recipe, we love this in our house !

neelzp's picture
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Very good recipe, added some bacon and leeks when mixing the sauce with pasta and turned out perfect!

jcrawford323's picture

Delicious!

moonfan's picture
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Really great recipe. I used whole grain mustard instead as that's all I had and it turned out really tasty. I will be making this again as a treat as normally I don't eat this much cheese! Really wonderful meal though!

dariodrz's picture
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We put together the ingredients just as shown and fate took care of the rest. amazing recipe!

lizzysempill's picture

Really, really delicious

allendeath's picture

Lovely. Used brown bread for breadcrumbs and only had cheddar with garlic and chives which was v tasty. I only have semi skimmed milk so used that and didn't bother with the Parmesan or the melted butter on the bread either. I think it then reduces the calories to about 770 per serving.

helenahunt's picture

This truly is the best EVER macaroni cheese. I make macaroni cheese quite often, for myself and my daughter who are vegetarian. I used to chop up an onion and add it to the cheese sauce. I couldn't see any reason why I couldn't do this to this one, it was delicious. Just add it to the the mustard and garlic stage. My husband and son who are not vegetarian liked the extra crunch that the onion gave it.

alisonl262's picture
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Forgot to rate!

alisonl262's picture
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Delicious version of macaroni cheese, although quite rich. The sauce makes divine cauliflower cheese. The mustard powder and garlic flavours are amazing.

tarinb's picture
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Fantastic now a family favorite. I love the bread on top. I left the bread sliced and large. The garlic fused through the bread like garlic bread mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

cc-offe's picture
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Really easy and the crumbs on top are very nice. It's not a regular in my house but nice once in a while.

katcurnock's picture

can anyone suggest a healthy side to go with this?

thynk2much's picture
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Love this one, make it all the time. I always slice some tomatoes over the top for added flavour. Serve with a green salad and job done!

lol264's picture

Absolutely delicious, i used to love macaroni as a child and now cook this recipe weekly, Occassionally adding pancetta.
Best Macaroni recipe i have found especially with heh crunchy topping.

niclier's picture
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Tasty. I used a mix of cheddar and Saint Agur (just what I had in the fridge) which worked well, plus some ham and tomatoes under the topping. I halved the quantities, but I should have made more source.

tonytencokes's picture

Really easy family meal to cook, everybody enjoyed it including my fussy 3 year old. Will be cooking this again.

gingerwilson's picture

I agree, this was amazing and a very filling and comforting meal. Great for students using left overs with pasta, milk and other store cupboard goods.

rocksteddyeddy's picture
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Me and my partner really enjoyed this recipe. Being the student novices at cooking that we are we used a little too much sauce for too however it was amazing. We had no bread however had some croutons left over and they blended in beautifully. Its a very good recipe for a warming filling evening. We would highly recommend this to others.

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