XMAS and NEW YEAR Leftovers 2
Cheeseboard Macaroni Cheese
350g pasta shapes [use a mixture of shapes]
2 tbsp. butter
2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
3 tbsp. plain flour
500ml whole milk
250g mix of cheeses [ Cheshire, cheddar and camembert]
extra hard cheese for the topping
Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, drain and set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan [ don’t burn it ], add the garlic and cook for a minute until softened, then add the mustard powder and cayenne pepper and cook for another minute more. Add the flour and stir to make a paste, cooking for about another minute. Take off the heat and gradually pour in the milk, a little at a time, whisking with every addition so the sauce doesn’t go lumpy. Return to the heat and cook for about 5 mins until thickened, then add the cheeses, stir until melted, and fold in the pasta. Heat oven to 180C. Tip the pasta into a baking dish, and top with some hard cheese such as cheddar or parmesan, season the top, salt and fresh black pepper and then bake for about 25 – 30 mins, until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool before serving.