July 14th is National Mac n’ Cheese Day, known here in the UK as Macaroni Cheese. Here to celebrate is the perfect Macaroni Cheese Recipe, ideal as a staple food for the whole family. Serves 4.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 350g spiral pasta
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 tsp English mustard powder
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 500ml whole milk
- 250g mature cheddar, grated
- 50g parmesan, grated
Step One – boil the pasta for 2 mins less than stated on the packet, then drain. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the garlic and English mustard powder. Cook for 1 min and then stir in the plain flour.
Step Two – cook for 1 min more, then gradually stir in the milk until you have a lump-free sauce. Simmer for 5 mins, whisking all the time until thickened. Take off the heat, then stir in the cheddar and half the parmesan.
Step Three – Stir the pasta and some seasoning into the cheesy sauce. Tip into a large ovenproof dish, or four individual dishes.
Step Four – Scatter over the remaining parmesan and then bake for 20 mins until crisp and golden.
Serve with fresh French Stick and butter or salad.