Macaroni and cheese

  • serves 4
  • Easy

What's more comforting than mac 'n' cheese? This classic American dish is on the table in 45 minutes and the kids will love it.



  • baguette 50g
  • short pasta 350g
  • butter 2 tbsp
  • garlic 1 clove, finely chopped
  • English mustard powder 1 tsp
  • plain flour 3 tbsp
  • whole milk 500ml
  • mature cheddar 250g, grated
  • parmesan 25g grated


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6. Drizzle 50g of chopped baguette with melted butter and then season.

    Bake until crisp.

  • Step 2

    Boil 350g of short pasta for 2 minutes less than stated on the pack. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan.

    Add 1 finely chopped garlic clove and 1 tsp english mustard powder, cook for 1 minute, then stir in 3 tbsp plain flour.

    Cook for 1 minute, then whisk in 500ml whole milk to make a sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, whisking until thickened.

    Take off the heat, then stir in 250g grated mature cheddar and 25g grated parmesan.

  • Step 3

    Stir the pasta and seasoning into the sauce, then tip into an ovenproof dish.

    Top with the bread and grated parmesan, then bake for 20 minutes until crisp and golden.