- 50g butter
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
- 50g plain flour
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 600ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- 250g extra mature cheddar, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- 2 medium butternut squash (about 900g each), peeled, ends trimmed, halved and spiralized into thick noodles
- 30g parmesan, grated
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 30g dried breadcrumbs
- 2 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked and finely chopped
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
- ½ tsp cayenne
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted stir in the flour and mustard powder. Mix to a smooth paste and cook, stirring for 1 min.
Gradually whisk in the milk until you have a smooth sauce. Simmer for 3–4 mins, whisking constantly until the sauce has thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheddar. Once melted, taste for seasoning, I like to add a generous grind of black pepper.
Put the butternut noodles into a large bowl and pour over the cheese sauce, mixing well so that every strand is coated in the sauce then tip into a large ovenproof dish (about 25 x 30cm). In a small bowl mix together the Parmesan, breadcrumbs, thyme and cayenne.
Scatter the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the butternut then bake for 20–25 mins until bubbling, crisp and golden.