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Posh Mac n Cheese

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Macaroni cheese...with a twist!

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Rate this recipe 4.3/5 (9 Votes)

Ingredients

  • 400g macaroni
  • 100g pancetta
  • diced
  • 1 leek
  • sliced
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 200g Dolcelatte cheese
  • 150g Pecorino cheese
  • grated
  • 75g breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper

Details

servings 4
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 60mins
Cost Average budget

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Step 2

Cook the macaroni in a large pan of salted water. A minute before the recommended cooking time ends, drain the pasta and put to one side.

Step 3

While the pasta is cooking, fry the pancetta and leeks in a frying pan until the pancetta is crisp and the leeks are soft. Set aside.

Step 4

For the sauce, melt the butter in a medium pan, then sift in the flour when melted. Whisk to create a roux, and cook for 30 seconds to a minute until golden. Slowly whisk in the milk, adding a little at a time, and once combined, bring to the boil and cook for one minute.

Step 5

Remove the pan from the heat, and add all of the Dolcelatte and half of the Pecorino. Stir until combined, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 6

In a shallow casserole dish, combine the sauce, the leeks and pancetta and the pasta. Mix well to combine.

Step 7

In a separate bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and the remaining Pecorino. Scatter across the top of the casserole dish.

Step 8

Bake for 25 minutes, until the dish is hot through and the topping is golden.

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You don't have to use pancetta, leeks and Dolcelatte - try different combinations such as alternative meats, cheeses, sundried tomatoes and more.

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