Mac and cheese with crispy bacon bits

Mac and cheese with crispy bacon bits

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One Dish. Two Ways.
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

This version of mac and cheese involves two ovenproof dishes – one uses pasta for the kids, the other uses cauliflower for the grown-ups.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g macaroni, shells or penne
50g unsalted butter, plus extra for topping
50g plain flour
750ml milk
125g cheddar, grated
250g bacon, finely chopped and cooked until golden and crisp
60g panko crumbs

Ingredients for adults

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 cauliflower, cut into florets and steamed until tender
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, then drain.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the flour and stir continuously for about 1 minute. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring constantly, until you have a white sauce. Add the cheese and continue to stir quickly until the cheese has melted, about 1 minute. Keep the sauce warm.

Dish one

  • Put the cooked pasta in one baking dish and pour over half the cheesy sauce. Sprinkle with half of each of the bacon and breadcrumbs, and dot with little knobs of butter. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

Dish two

  • Add the cauliflower to the other baking dish. Add the cayenne pepper and mustard to the remaining cheese sauce then pour it over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with the remaining bacon and breadcrumbs, and place little knobs of butter on top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.
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