This recipe is quick to prepare as well as delicious. It’s become a staple in our house and we all love it. There’s enough for two adult meals and two kids, although you can stretch it by using it as a tasty side dish. Last night we had it with steak and will be reheating portions for lunch. It’s also great with a salad or with a big portion of steamed greens.
Another reason I like it that it can be prepared in advance and chilled, and baked in the oven later on. This is perfect for me as with a toddler I tend to only have 15 minutes here and there to cook. You’ll find this with most of my recipes – prep in advance, and cook or reheat later. It means you can get dinner ready when they’re napping and finish it over nearer meal times.
What you need:
250g dried macaroni
200g grated cheese (about 2 cups, or use your eye)
1/2 pint of milk approximately
4 rashers of bacon, preferably streaky
2 dessertspoons flour
Dollop of butter and a splash of oil
Optional extras: couple of florets of leftovers cauliflower and/or couple of tablespoons for sweetcorn. You can also add a cup of grated Parmesan or extra cheese to ramp up the cheesy joy.
What to do:
First chop up the bacon and fry in a saucepan (using a saucepan saves using two pans for this recipes).Remove and set aside.
Add a dollop or butter and/or a glug of oil (rapeseed or olive oil are tasty for this).
Add the flour and stir in over a low heat.
When thickened, add half the milk and about a third of the cheese. When dissolved, add the rest of the milk and then another third of the cheese (keep some back for sprinkling on top before baking).
Add some pepper.
Once it’s thick enough that it resembles a cheese sauce, turn off the heat. I recommend stopping when it’s a bit thinner than you think it should be as it will thicken when baked in the oven, plus the pasta will absorb some of it.
Put the macaroni in a deep dish. Add the sweetcorn if adding it. If you are adding the leftover cauliflower, chop it up and add this too. Sprinkle over the bacon bits. Pour over the cheese sauce.
This needs to be baked on about 160 for half an hour. If you will be baking it later, then add pop in the fridge once cooled down. When cooking, sprinkle on the cheese and bang it to cook!
Once it’s done, sprinkle some parsley on (if you like) and serve on it’s own or as part of a tasty meal with the veggies or salad of your choosing.