Macaroni Cheese with Bacon
 
 
Prepares: 4 servings
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes
  • Ingredients
  • 225g/8 oz macaroni
  • 110g/4 oz cheddar cheese, grated
  • 850ml/1½ pints milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 70g/2½ oz butter
  • 70g/2½ oz flour
  • 6 slices smoked streaky bacon/side bacon
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 handfuls fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • pepper
  • Equipment
  • A 2 litre/3½ pint ovenproof dish
  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.
  3. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water for 1 minute less than recommended on the packet of the brand you are using. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, pour the milk into a pan and add the bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat.
  5. In a separate pan, melt the butter. Add the flour and stir until there is a smooth paste (a roux).
  6. Remove the bay leaves from the milk, then gradually add the milk to the roux, stirring constantly, until blended and smooth. Simmer to thicken to a double/whipping cream consistency. Remove from the heat.
  7. Grill the bacon until just crispy. Let it cool a little then cut into small pieces.
  8. Stir the pasta, bacon, cheddar and mustard into the sauce and add the pepper.
  9. Spoon into the ovenproof dish. No need to smooth the top.
  10. Toss the breadcrumbs and Parmesan together. Scatter over the top, completely covering the macaroni cheese mixture. Bake for 40 minutes until the top starts to brown.
Recipe by Recipes to Remember at http://www.recipes-to-remember.com/dinners/macaroni-cheese-bacon/