Cheese & tomato macaroni with chipolatas

Cheese & tomato macaroni with chipolatas

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

Serves 6
Mac 'n' cheese gets even more comforting. Add a layer of sausages and semi-dried tomatoes for an extra element

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal792
  • fat45g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre3g
  • protein33g
  • salt2.8g
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Ingredients

  • 12 chipolata sausages
  • 300g pack semi-dried tomato, drained (reserve 1 tbsp oil for the sausages) and roughly chopped
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 400g macaroni or other small pasta shapes
  • 75g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • bunch spring onions, chopped
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 75g plain flour
  • 1l semi-skimmed milk
  • 200g extra-mature cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 50g Parmesan, grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 6 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and chopped, plus a few short sprigs, to finish
    Rosemary

    Rosemary

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    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • salad, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the chipolatas in a baking dish approx 30 x 25cm (this will hold your pasta later, so make sure it’s big enough), drizzle with the tomato oil and cook for 25 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni in a large pan of boiling salted water until tender, then drain. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce. In a large pan, melt the butter, then add the spring onions. Fry for 1-2 mins to soften. Stir in the flour and mix with the butter to make a paste. Continue cooking for 30 secs, then add the milk, a little at a time, stirring continuously, until the sauce is thick and smooth. Add the cheddar and Parmesan (reserving a good handful for the top), half the semi-dried tomatoes, the rosemary, seasoning and macaroni, then stir everything together.

  3. Remove the baking dish from the oven, transfer the sausages to a plate and pour away any oil from the dish. Tip in the macaroni, nestle the sausages back in, pushing them in until only half exposed, then sprinkle with the remaining cheese and tomatoes, and push in a few rosemary sprigs. Return to the oven and bake for 25 mins. Serve with a salad, if you like.

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Rhesno89
10th Jan, 2016
I used mushrooms instead of spring onions, actually worked a treat!
mlgchef99
14th Jul, 2014
0.05
Everyone loves Mac 'n' Cheese!
discodiva1234
9th Jun, 2014
Delicious! I used sun dried tomatoes out of a jar instead of semi dried. Also used leeks instead of spring onions. Worked really well.
archdodo
11th May, 2014
5.05
I used local smoked cheese instead of cheddar and it turned out awesome! Has a hint of spicy taste from dried tomatoes and sausage. Lovely!
lynwoodhouse
11th Feb, 2014
Fantastic dish, really warming just what you need a a perfect comfort food. I just used ordinary sausages and sliced them up. Served to whole family, children, grandparents a massive hit all round.
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