Here’s how to make macaroni cheese, the easy way.
PREP TIME: 25m
COOKING TIME: 30m
500g cooked macaroni
100g grated cheddar and 60g cut into large chunks
70g parmesan grated
1/2 an onion
2 cloves of garlic
A few thyme sprigs
Salt and pepper
STEP 1 Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees centigrade or gas mark 7.
STEP 2 Warm the milk
Place a saucepan under a medium heat and add the milk, half an onion, thyme, garlic and allow to warm through and steep for a few minutes.
STEP 3: Make the sauce
Place a second saucepan under the same heat and add the butter. And slowly melt it stirring with your wooden spoon to help it along. When the butter has totally melted add the flour and stir in and then strain the milk into the pan and using your whisk combine it all together. Then season with a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cayenne, salt then pepper. And keep whisking until it begins to thicken. When you have a lovely thick texture take it off the heat.
STEP 4 Add the cheese
Add the grated cheddar cheese into the sauce and whisk it in until it has melted. Add the parmesan cheese and whisk it in well.
STEP 5 Mix the pasta and cheese sauce
Place the cooked pasta into a large bowl and pour over the cheese sauce and using your spoon combine it all together. Add the cubed cheese and stir in.
STEP 6 Transfer the pasta
Spoon the pasta and cheese sauce into a baking dish.
STEP 7 Bake
Place the baking dish into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes and when brown and bubbly remove from the oven. Serve