Macaroni Cheese

The key to perfecting this filling favourite lies in the béchamel sauce: make sure it is smooth, creamy, packed with a blend of gooey cheese.

Ingredients

400g (14oz) dried macaroni

Salt

85g (3oz) unsalted butter

100g (3 1/2 oz) fresh breadcrumbs

60 (2 oz) plain flour

1 tsp mustard power

Pinch of ground nutmeg

400ml (14fl oz) milk, warmed

175 g (6 oz) cheddar cheese, coarsely grated

100g (3 1/2 oz) vegan mozzarella cheese

Method

1. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the macaroni and boil for 2 minutes less than specified on the packet. Drain well and set aside, shaking off any excess water.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/ Gas 6) and grease a large ovenproof serving dish. Melt 30g (1 oz) of the butter in a small pan. Add the breadcrumbs, stir, then remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

3. Melt the remaining butter in a large saucepan over a low heat and stir in the flour. Cook, stirring, for one minute, then stir in the mustard power and nutmeg. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly whisk in the milk. Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to the boil, whisking, for 2-3 minutes, or until the béchamel sauce thickens. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cheddar cheese until melted and smooth, then add the macaroni and mozzarella and stir.

4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and smooth the surface. Toss the breadcrumbs with the Parmesan cheese and sprinkle over the top. Place the dish on a baking tray and bake for 25 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown on top. Leave to stand for 2 minutes, then serve straight from the dish.

Published by DFV Queen

I have develop a passion for natural and healthy life style, starting with a vegan life style including regular exercising each day. Which helped to feel inspired and happy within myself. my diet is very restricted due to severe allergies! When ever a food triggers a hostile response from the body's immune system the result is an allergy attack, which on occasion may be life-threatening although it's relatively simple to identifying problem foods, avoiding them completely is not always easy. My journey with allergies hasn't been easy "but" it has helped me to becomes a stronger person and would like to share and encourage others to never get discouraged, there's always light at the end of the tunnel if you keep persevering.

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