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Baked Macaroni & Cheese

22 October 2020


Ah yes, Mac & Cheese, the ultimate dinner for if you don’t know what to make but are in the mood for something comforting.

I love making a cheesy bechamel sauce packed with savoury aged cheese and a good grating of nutmeg. I also added a finely chopped leek for extra flavour. What else do you need?

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

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Dinner
By Saffron Serves: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 -2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/2 Nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 200g grated aged cheese (or more if you want it really cheesy 😉
  • 300 g macaroni
  • Handful breadcrumbs (optional)

Instructions

1

.Preheat the oven to 200°C

2

Boil the pasta as mentioned on the package and drain.

3

In a large saucepan heat the oil (or butter) on medium heat and add the flour. Keep stirring until it turns a bit darker yellow and you can really smell the flour cooking. ± 2 minutes.

4

Whisk in the milk and stir, making sure no lumps are left.

5

Cook the sauce until it’s nice and thick.

6

Add in the shredded cheese and freshly grated nutmeg, stir well.

7

Tasted and season with pepper and salt if needed.

8

Add the finely chopped leek and combine the cheese sauce with the cooked pasta.

9

Transfer half of the mac and cheese to a baking dish, top with more shredded cheese and breadcrumbs if using.

10

Bake for 20 minutes or until top is starting to brown.

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