How to make macaroni cheese

You’d think everyone would know how to make macaroni cheese wouldn’t you? Not so. In fact for a lot of British people it wasn’t a dish they grew up with, unless it came out of a Heinz tin. However, it’s gained cult status in recent years and never fails to get oohs and ahhs, so it’s well worth knowing how to make it simply and unctuously.

Macaroni cheese, or Mac ‘n’ cheese to call it it’s American name, is a real comfort food, it’s all about the creaminess and cheesiness, it has no sides to it. It’s something to eat every now and then rather than every week but that just makes it taste even better.
Serves: 2-3 • Prep time: 10 mins • Cook time: 40 mins • Easy 
  • 200g of macaroni
  • 750ml of whole milk
  • 50g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 175g of extra mature cheddar
  • 100g Gruyere
  • 125g mozzarella
  • 1 level teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • sea salt
  • sourdough breadcrumbs
Cook the macaroni in a large pan of salted boiling water until ‘al dente’.

Meanwhile make the sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan then adding the flour and using a small hand whisk to form a paste. Cook that over a medium heat for a minute or two then add the mustard and milk, whisking all the time. Now stir with a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens.

Add all the cheese plus a pinch of sea salt to taste, stir until the cheese has fully melted.

Combine the drained pasta and sauce and pour into an ovenproof dish, top with some more cheese and the breadcrumbs.

Bake at 190 degrees centigrade for around 25 mins. Don’t bake for too long or the sauce will all disappear into the pasta.

Serve with a crisp salad.
Nutrition info
Milk and cheese provide a variety of important nutrients including protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iodine, as well as the vitamins B2 and B12. These help to maintain healthy bones, teeth and cell membranes, improve energy metabolism, brain and nerve signals, aid thyroid function, encourage healthy skin, boost immunity and help with red blood cell production.

The pasta provides carbohydrate for energy, so this is perfect the night before or just after hard exercise.

Learn how to weave food like this into a joyful healthy diet with our eatnaturally meal plans.

You are the cheese to my macaroni.
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