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Easy Cheesy Mac


Macaroni Cheese with bacon, leek and sweetcorn to brighten things up!

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  • 450g Macaroni
  • 60g Butter
  • 8tbsp plain flour
  • 770ml milk
  • 135g Cheddar cheese (grated - or half and half Cheddar and Smoked Applewood)
  • 1tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 50g Parmesan
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Add other items to taste - we like bacon
  • sweetcorn and leek to add flavour and colour


servings 4
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 15mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Cook Macaroni al dente and run under cold water to cool. Preaheat oven to 180 degrees (fan).

Step 2

Heat milk in saucepan.
In a separate large pan melt butter and mix in flour to create a roux. Turn heat down low.

Step 3

Pour milk into roux a little at a time and whisk to create a smooth, thick sauce.

Step 4

Add mustard, paprika, cheese, salt, pepper and continue to cook for around 10 mins on a low heat - keep stirring.

Step 5

Flash fry chopped bacon and shredded leek and add that, and sweetcorn if used, to sauce

Step 6

Add Macaroni to sauce and combine thoroughly. Pour into large ovenproof dish and sprinkle on breadcrumbs and Parmesan

Step 7

Pop into oven for 10 minutes, remove and place under heated grill for 5 minutes.

Step 8

Dish up and enjoy!


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Easy Cheesy Mac Macaroni Cheese