Mac & Cheese

Mac and Cheese Recipe | mollyandbeans.comWhenever I am craving comfort food I make up a big dish of Macaroni & Cheese.  This recipe always hits the spot for me, but be warned ~ it is not to everyones taste {Brett hates it ~ all the more for me though!}.  It’s the kind of dish that you either love at first and if so you will always love it or you hate it and in my opinion are missing out.  My mother used to make it for us about once a fortnight as children {and as grown children} ~ kids seem to love this dish, we had friends who placed a standing order invitation for themselves requesting they be invited if mum was to be making it!

It goes great with salad, some crusty bread and a glass of red!

Mac and Cheese Recipe | mollyandbeans.com

INGREDIENTS
1 box of pasta 400g I know its called Macaroni & Cheese but I usually use penne. I suppose it’s more like a pasta bake!?

3 – 6 rashers of bacon {depending on how big the pieces are}
1 or 2 large onions {or 3 small}
Olive Oil

1 can of heinz condensed tomato soup
2 cups of milk
2 cups of cheese
2 Tablespoons of butter or Margarine {I use Nuttlex}
1 Tablespoon of cornflour
1 teaspoon of mustard powder
Salt and pepper
1 extra cup of cheese for the top

INSTRUCTIONS
Cook the pasta until ale-dente and set aside in a baking dish.  Dice the onion and bacon and fry in a teaspoon of olive oil until browned, mix through the cooked pasta.  Make the sauce & pour over the pasta, ensuring it has been soaked up by the pasta and mixed through.  Spread the remaining cheese over the top and bake in a moderate to low oven for about 20 minutes.

THE SAUCE
In a saucepan on low heat start melting the butter {or spread} and mix in the flour and mustard powder until it has formed into a smooth paste to make a roux ~ if you don’t know how to make a roux see here. Be careful not to burn the mixture, in small increments alternate between adding the milk and can of soup, stirring continuously, until it has cooked back to a thick consistency.  Add the grated cheese about 1/4 of a cup at a time until it has melted into the sauce.   Season {liberally} with pepper and a little salt {the bacon will have added a lot of salt to the dish so I usually only add 1/2 a teaspoon or less}.

Mac and Cheese Recipe | mollyandbeans.comMac and Cheese Recipe | mollyandbeans.com

*TIP ~ I had no mustard powder left so I ground up some mustard seeds with the pepper grinder {I could have used a mortar and pestle but I don’t have one} and saved myself a trip to the shop.

Mac and Cheese Recipe | mollyandbeans.com

 

ENJOY!