Cheeseboard macaroni cheese served in a casserole dish

Cheeseboard macaroni cheese

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4

What better way to use up your cheeseboard after a dinner party than with a creamy mac 'n' cheese supper? Easy comfort food for a busy weeknight

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal760
  • fat33g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs80g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre5g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.5g


  • 350g pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 2 tbsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 250g mix of cheeses you have around (we used Cheshire, cheddar and camembert), plus extra hard cheese for the topping


  1. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, drain and set aside.

  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the garlic and cook for a min until softened, then add the mustard powder and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 min more. Add the flour and stir to make a paste, cooking for about 1 min, until the mix starts to bubble a little. Take off the heat and gradually pour in the milk, whisking with every addition so the sauce doesn’t go lumpy. Return to the heat and cook for 5 mins until thickened, then add the cheeses, stir until melted, and fold in the pasta.

  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the pasta into a baking dish, and top with additional cheese, preferably some hard cheese such as cheddar or parmesan, then bake for 25-30 mins, until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool for 10 mins or so then serve.

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30th May, 2020
This was ok but the best ever macaroni cheese recipe on this site is a lot nicer. That one has crusty bread in it too so might make it a bit easier to digest. This one felt really heavy and there was way too much cheese.
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17th Jan, 2019
Best mac’n’cheese recipe so far! Plenty of flavour. Used 200g Red Fox cheese with rest medium cheddar and a bit of grana padano grated over the top, mmm mmm mmm
26th Dec, 2018
This is a fab way to use odds and ends off a cheeseboard and comes together very quickly. We had a mix of camembert, brie, feta, stilton and tumps of cheddar. Delicious sauce but next time I would mix in some veg to try and make it a tad more virtuous.
Frantic Flapjack
20th Nov, 2017
I've tried lots of recipes for macaroni cheese. This is a good one. It has a good depth of flavour which I think is down to the garlic and mustard flavours. I used apricot stilton, cheddar and brie. Would recommend this recipe.
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