recipebook3A cheesy pasta dish ideal for the kids! Did you know that Macaroni Cheese dates back to the 1800s, but it is still one of the tastiest today.

Step 1: You will need

  • 500 g cooked macaroni
  • 40 g butter
  • 500 ml milk
  • 35 g flour
  • 100 g grated cheddar and 60g cut into large chunks
  • 70 g parmesan grated
  • ½ onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • a few thyme sprigs
  • pinch cayenne
  • pinch nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 baking dish
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 2 sauce pans
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 sieve
  • 1 spoon
  • 1 bowl

Step 2: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade or gas mark 7.

Step 3: Warm the milk

Place a saucepan under a medium heat and add the milk, half an onion, thyme, garlic and allow to warm through and steep for a few minutes.

Step 4: Make the sauce

Place a second saucepan under the same heat and add the butter. And slowly melt it stirring with your wooden spoon to help it along.

When the butter has totally melted add the flour and stir in and then strain the milk into the pan and using your whisk combine it all together. Then season with a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cayenne, salt then pepper.

And keep whisking until it begins to thicken. When you have a lovely thick texture take it off the heat.

Step 5: Add the cheese

Add the grated cheddar cheese into the sauce and whisk it in until it has melted. Add the parmesan cheese and whisk it in well.

Step 6: Mix the pasta and cheese sauce

Place the cooked pasta into a large bowl and pour over the cheese sauce and using your spoon combine it all together. Add the cubed cheese and stir in.

Step 7: Transfer the pasta

Spoon the pasta and cheese sauce into a baking dish.

Step 8: Bake

Place the baking dish into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes and when brown and bubbly remove from the oven.

Step 9: Serve

And that's how to you make the perfect Macaroni Cheese.

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

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