Crisp Baked Macaroni And Cheese Recipe

Crisp topped macaroni cheese

  • serves 3
  • Easy

Comfort food at its best. Mac 'n' cheese is always a winner and this one, with shredded ham and a crispy top is top of our list. Fresh salad is good as a side



  • macaroni 175g
  • butter 1½ tbsp
  • flour 1½ tbsp
  • milk 250ml
  • cheddar 100g, grated
  • parmesan 100g, grated
  • smoked ham 90g pack, (ready shredded)
  • dried breadcrumbs 2-3 tbsp
  • smoked paprika
  • green salad or green veg to serve


  • Step 1

    Cook the macaroni but leave it al dente, then drain. Meanwhile, melt the butter and stir in the flour, cook for 1 minute and then gradually stir in the milk.

  • Step 2

    Bubble the sauce, stirring it for a couple of minutes to cook out the raw flavour of the flour. Season well and stir in both the cheeses and the ham. Add the macaroni and then tip the lot into an ovenproof dish, sprinkle on the breadcrumbs and dust with a good pinch of paprika. Grill the top for about 2 minutes, or until golden and crunchy.

  • Step 3

    Serve with either a crisp green salad or some lightly steamed green veg.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 953
  • Fat 47.9g
  • Carbs 75.3g
  • Fibre 0.6g
  • Protein 54.9g
  • Salt 3.3g