Chorizo Mac and Cheese Recipe

Chorizo and bacon mac ’n’ cheese

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Jazz up mac 'n' cheese with salty bacon and smoky chorizo for the ultimate midweek family meal ready in an hour

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Ingredients

  • macaroni 400g
  • unsalted butter 60g
  • onion 1, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, crushed
  • smoked bacon lardons 200g
  • chorizo 225g, thinly sliced
  • plain flour 100g
  • whole milk 1.1 litres
  • mature cheddar 200g, grated
  • mozzarella 100g, grated

Method

  • Step 1

    Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the macaroni for 5 minutes until very al dente, then drain and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large, shallow casserole over a medium heat and fry the onion for 5 minutes until starting to soften. Add the garlic, lardons and chorizo, and fry for 10 minutes, stirring regularly until golden, and the oils are released.

  • Step 3

    Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes until a roux has formed. Add the milk, a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated. Season and simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring regularly, until the sauce coats the back of the spoon.

  • Step 4

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Stir in the cheddar until melted, then turn off the heat and add the cooked pasta. Top with grated mozzarella then bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 893
  • Fat 49.7g
  • Saturates 25.9g
  • Carbs 67.1g
  • Sugars 11.3g
  • Fibre 5.4g
  • Protein 41.6g
  • Salt 3.4g
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