Mix and match mac 'n' cheese bar

Mix and match mac ‘n’ cheese bar

  • serves 10
  • Easy

Put the mac ‘n’ cheese out with a serving spoon then put the toppings in little bowls and let everyone add their own. You’ll need to use your biggest baking dish for this or split it between 2 smaller ones.



  • macaroni 500g
  • butter
  • plain flour 75g
  • milk 1.2 litres
  • parmesan 50g, finely grated
  • cheddar 200g, grated
  • gruyère 200g, grated
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp


  • cherry tomatoes 200g, quartered
  • shallot 1, finely chopped
  • basil a small bunch, chopped
  • olive oil
  • sourdough 4 slices
  • rosemary 1 tsp of chopped
  • streaky bacon 12 rashers
  • mixed wild mushrooms 300g
  • pickled jalaeños from a jar
  • spring onions 1 bunch, chopped
  • hot sauces (sriracha, Tobasco)
  • truffle oil to serve
  • chilli oil to serve


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the macaroni until just tender with a bit of bite, then drain well and rinse under cold water. Drain again. 

  • Step 2

    Melt 75g butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the flour to make a smooth paste and cook for 3-4 minutes. Gradually stir in the milk until you get a lump-free sauce. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for a few minutes until thickened, then take off the heat and stir in half the parmesan, all the other cheeses, the mustard and some seasoning.

  • Step 3

     Stir in the pasta and tip everything into a large, buttered ovenproof dish. Scatter with the remaining parmesan and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and piping hot.

While the mac is cooking make the toppings.

  • Step 1

    Mix the tomatoes, shallot and basil with 1 tbsp olive oil and season well. Cut the crusts off the sourdough and break into pea-sized breadcrumbs. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and the rosemary then bake alongside the pasta for 10-15 minutes until golden.

  • Step 2

    Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry or grill until crispy. Fry the mushrooms in a little butter and seasoning.

To serve

  • Step 1

    Put the breadcrumbs, bacon, mushrooms, jalapeños and onions into separate bowls.

  • Step 2

    Put the mac ‘n’ cheese in the middle of the table along with the toppings, sauces and oils and let everyone add their own toppings to finish.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 682
  • Fat 35.6g
  • Saturates 18.7g
  • Carbs 598.2g
  • Sugars 8.3g
  • Fibre 4.3g
  • Protein 30g
  • Salt 2.1g