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Mac ‘N’ Cheese with sneaky smoked bacon

Mac ’N’ Cheese with sneaky smoked bacon

This is such a lovely and easy recipe and Mac ‘N’ Cheese is so popular at the moment and so good. I say a bit of what you fancy does you good 😉

This recipe is flipping rich – you don’t need much at all – but it’s really very good. You can serve it with a nice portion of salad and some tomatoes – to ease the guilt!

This serves approx.  6  (depending how hungry you are :-) )

Have a go at this Mac ’N’ Cheese with sneaky smoked bacon and please let me know how you get on,  drop me a comment below the recipe post

Thanks Clare x

Ingredients

  • 350g Cheddar (holding back  150g for the topping), grated
  • 350g Macaroni/pasta
  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 1 Litre Whole Milk
  • 1-3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard (depending on your taste)
  • 3-6 Slices good quality smoked bacon (optional) grilled and cut into pieces

Preparation Method

  1. Cook the Macaroni in  boiling water, according to pack instructions – usually about 8 minutes.  Drain the pasta then pour a kettle of boiling water over the pasta – helps to remove some of the starch.
  2. Meanwhile – melt the butter in a pan until it sizzles and then sift in the flour, stir together rapidly until a smooth paste is achieved.
  3. Then, start to add the milk, start with about 150ml just to get the sauce going, continue to add the milk slowly and the sauce should thicken – keep whisking.
  4. Next add the mustard and whisk. Once thickened and all the milk is added add in the grated cheese and beat with a wooden spoon, if you are adding bacon stir in now.
  5. Turn the grill on to a medium high heat.
  6. Tip the pasta into the sauce and stir.
  7. Then tip into either individual ramekins or a large ovenproof dish.
  8. Scatter the grated cheese over the top and grill for 5-10 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Enjoy with green salad or whatever you fancy

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