- 50g baguette, cut into small chunks
- 2 tbsp butter, plus 1 tbsp melted
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
- 350g spiral or other short pasta
Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 tsp English mustard powder
A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 500ml whole milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- 250g vegetarian mature cheddar, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
Spread 50g baguette chunks over a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp melted butter and season.
Bake for 6 mins until crisp, then set aside.
Boil 350g spiral or short pasta for 2 mins less than stated on the pack, then drain. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan.
Add 1 clove finely chopped garlic and 1 tsp English mustard powder, cook for 1 min, then stir in 3 tbsp plain flour.
Cook for 1 min more, then gradually whisk in 500ml whole milk until you have a lump-free sauce. Simmer for 5 mins, whisking all the time until thickened.
Take off the heat, then stir in 250g grated mature cheddar and 25g grated parmesan.
Stir the pasta and some seasoning into the cheesy sauce. Tip into a large ovenproof dish, or 4 individual dishes.
Scatter over the bread and remaining 25g grated parmesan, then bake for 20 mins until crisp and golden. Can be frozen before baking – defrost thoroughly before cooking.
Use up blue cheeseCrumble 50g Stilton, Dolcelatte or Roquefort into the sauce, instead of the Parmesan. Spoon the pasta into the dish, then top with 4 trimmed field mushrooms, gills facing upwards, instead of the crumbs. Drizzle with a little oil, season, then top with a little more blue cheese. Bake as before.
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