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Mac And Cheese Recipe With Bacon

Mac 'n’ cheese with bacon

Published: December 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

How do you make mac 'n' cheese better? Add bacon of course! This oozing cheesy pasta bake is also rich with Red Leicester and finished with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Double up the recipe for a family meal

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal811
fat36.8g
saturates19.7g
carbs88.5g
fibre3.3g
protein37.1g
salt2.69g
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Ingredients

  • 1 handful breadcrumbs, fresh and chunky
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp 
plain flour
  • 250ml whole milk
  • 100g Red Leicester, grated
  • 175g rigatoni or other short pasta
  • 4 slices streaky bacon, grilled until crisp

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6. Put the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil, season, and bake for 5 minutes.

  • STEP 2

    Melt the butter in a pan. Add the garlic and mustard and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour and whisk on a low heat for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk, then bring to a boil, whisking. Reduce heat and simmer until thick (about 4 minutes). stir in the cheese until melted.

  • STEP 3

    Boil the pasta until al dente, drain and mix with the cheese sauce and bacon. Spoon into 2 large ramekins. Top each with breadcrumbs and bake for 20 minutes until golden.

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