Homemade Macaroni Cheese….

Homemade macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese is one of my family’s favourite meals and you can pretty much guarantee that if I ask the kids what they want for tea that they’re going to suggest macaroni cheese!

I sometimes go a bit wild and add some bacon and brocolli to it or serve it with some garlic bread on the side but mainly we just serve it as it is, in a big bowl in the middle of the dining room table so everyone can just help themselves!

How to make Macaroni Cheese

300g dried macaroni
800ml milk
50g butter
50g plain flour
300g grated cheese (less if you use mature cheese)

  • Cook the macaroni (or any other pasta) according to the instructions on the pack.
  • Melt the butter in a pan, add in the flour and give it a good quick stir for a few seconds until you’ve made a roux (AKA something that looks like a ball of goo).
  • Whisk in a little of the milk until its smooth and then gradually pour the rest of it in stirring constantly to make sure it all mixes in.
  • You need to stir the sauce frequently until it starts to bubble and thicken.
  • At this point you can add most of the cheese to the pan (save a handful) and stir the sauce gently to let the cheese melt.
  • Add the drained, cooked pasta to the sauce and give it a good mix together.
  • If you want a crispy top then transfer the macaroni cheese into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the last of the cheese. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the top goes brown and bubbly.
  • If you’re OK as it is then just pop it in a bowl and let everyone help themselves.

I don’t find that this freezes well if I’m honest but you can reheat the following day if you just add some more milk to the dish.

Macaroni cheese

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