Winter Warmer Mac ‘n’ Cheese

With the weather turning colder my menu is making its usual journey towards more hearty and warming fare.  This recipe is no exception.  One of my favourite things to cook on a wet and windy day is Mac ‘n’ Cheese.  There’s something about the smell that permeates through the house that makes you feel contented.  When I first tried Mac ‘n’ Cheese it came straight from a packet ‘Just add milk’ read the instructions.  I have however relinquished the packet and gone for homemade Mac ‘n’ Cheese, It is by far and away a lot tastier. So for my Winter Warmer Mac ‘n’ Cheese you will need:

  • 250g Macaroni
  • 400ml milk
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Grated cheese (as much as you fancy)
  • Small florets of Broccoli
  • 2 rashers streaky bacon chopped and fried

Well first off, in a large saucepan cook the macaroni in some salted water, drain and set aside for later. Quickly fry off the chopped bacon rashers, then boil or steam the broccoli.  Now in a saucepan melt the butter and add the flour to make a roux (I normally use about a teaspoon of each and add more flour later if the sauce doesn’t thicken properly), cook the roux off for a little while to make sure you don’t get that ‘flour’ taste then add the milk.  Stir continuously until the sauce begins to thicken, once it does add the cheese to the sauce and give it a good stir. Into the pan used for the macaroni, add the bacon bits, broccoli and cheese sauce and give it a stir and top with some more grated cheese. Then, stick it into a medium oven for about 20 minutes until is bubbling and the cheese on the top has gone golden.

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