Macaroni Cheese

How to make Macaroni Cheese.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 300 g macaroni
  • 30 g butter
  • 25 g flour
  • 500 ml milk
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 200 g mature cheddar, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 220C / 200C Fan / Gas Mark 7.
  • Cook the macaroni until it’s a bit less done than normal.
  • While the macaroni is cooking, make the cheese sauce. Melt the butter in a medium sized pan on a low heat. When the butter is foaming, add the flour and stir until it’s mixed in. Then keep cooking for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly. Make sure each bit of milk is incorporated before adding the next bit. If you do this slowly on a very low heat, you should end up with a perfectly smooth cheese sauce with no lumps and no need to whisk. However, if it does go wrong for some reason, you can always use a whisk to beat out the lumps.
  • When all the milk is incorporated, add the mustard, salt and pepper. Then add half the cheese, stir to combine and turn off.
  • When the pasta is done, drain it, retaining a little bit of the cooking water.
  • Tip the pasta and a couple of tablespoonfuls of the cooking water into the cheese sauce and stir.
  • Pour the macaroni cheese into a shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. The top should be brown but the bottom should still be saucy and the macaroni should be perfectly cooked.
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