Macaronade

Macaronade

By
From
The Sunday Night Book
Serves
2
Photographer
Patricia Niven

What’s not to love here? Macaroni – already a favourite in most households – mixed with delicious stock (or gravy) and cheese, so you get all the benefits of macaroni cheese but without the heaviness of a white sauce, plus it’s a great way of using up the gravy from Sunday lunch. If there’s any leftover meat, you could have it alongside too, but I find this a wonderfully comforting Sunday-night treat all on its own.

I introduced my great friend and co-author of The Kitchen Revolution, Polly Russell, to macaronade and she absolutely raved about it. Apparently the whole family loves it – no easy feat when catering for children! So now, whenever she makes a casserole, she always makes a bit of extra gravy or sauce, then she can knock this up at the drop of a hat.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
180g macaroni
600ml stock or gravy – beef, chicken or even ham – or leftover sauce from a stew
2 bay leaves
few sprigs rosemary
few sprigs thyme
small handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
30g freshly grated parmesan
30g panko or other breadcrumbs, I like soft-ish ones
sea salt
black pepper

Method

  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the macaroni until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, pour the stock into another pan and add the bay leaves, rosemary and thyme. Bring to the boil and simmer until reduced by a third.
  3. Preheat the grill to high.
  4. Drain the macaroni well. Tip half of it into a baking dish and strain over half the reduced stock, then stir in half the parsley. Scatter over half the parmesan and cover with the rest of the macaroni. Mix the breadcrumbs with the remaining parmesan and parsley, then pour the rest of the reduced stock over the macaroni and scatter over the cheesy crumbs.
  5. Pop the macaronade under the grill until bubbling, golden brown and crisp.
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