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.