Sunday, March 14, 2010

Mac & Cheese - just a little bit fancy

I know in many households across this vast universe Mac & Cheese is a household staple, the go-to-meal.

You wouldn't dare consider changing it - to do so would be sacrilege.

Well I DID change it and in my opinion, I DID improve it.

Everyone loves a makeover and I think Mac & Cheese love what I did......let your taste buds be the judge.

Macaroni & Cheese


60gm Butter
3tbs Plain flour
1 Leek, sliced finely
4 Rashers of bacon, cut into 3/4in pieces
40gm Pancetta, thinly sliced (about 5 slices)
80gm Pecorino cheese, grated
100gm Cheese, grated
500gm Pasta
5C Milk

  • Cook the Pasta - follow the directions on the side of the packet.
  • Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil in frying pan. Add the leeks and gently fry until soft remove the leeks from the pan & set aside.
  • In the same frying pan add the bacon & pancetta & fry until slightly crispy (I like mine to have a bit of crunch). Remove these from the pan & set aside.
  • In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter & then add the flour, ensuring that all the flour is coated with butter.
  • Then into the butter/flour mixture add a cup of milk, stirring vigorously so you get a smooth paste, then add another cup, stir until thick - repeat this until you've used all the milk.
  • Add your cheeses to the white sauce (I left a little pecorini out to sprinkle on the dish at the end)
  • Then in a large ovenproof dish combine the drained pasta, leeks, bacon & cheese sauce, sprinkle some pecorini over the top & bake in the oven (160 degrees C) for about 15-20mins.

So......what do you think?'s still Mac & Cheese but with a little refinement.


1 comment:

  1. We love mac & cheese, and this one is all grown up! I can't wait to try.


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