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I need your best Maccaroni Cheese recipes please!

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michaelad Wed 25-Jul-07 15:27:52

C'mon ladies! You always come up with fab ideas..

paulaplumpbottom Wed 25-Jul-07 15:28:50

Tere is a cookbook, Apples for Jam, Has the most amazing Mac & Cheese recipe

michaelad Wed 25-Jul-07 15:29:48

You don't happen to have a link to it, do you?

Lullabyloo Wed 25-Jul-07 15:30:44

that is such a lovely book......& recipe is good
I prefer recipe's that dont use a white sauce base so not too claggy
Jamie Oliver's is very nice

Spidermama Wed 25-Jul-07 15:31:01

Yes I could do with a good one of these. Mine are a bit hit and miss. They always benefit from some very finely (almost invisible) chopped onions in the sauce then baked with a wholemeal breadcrumb and cheesy topping.

Spidermama Wed 25-Jul-07 15:32:12

Cornflour for the cheese sauce and some cream in there perhaps. Also olives, if it's not too contraversial, help to break up the stodginess.

wildwoman Wed 25-Jul-07 15:32:43

I make a maccaroni bake with tuna, tinned tomatoes and sweetcorn spread on the bottom of the dish brfore covering with a generous layer of Maccaroni Cheese and baking in the oven. This came about when my dcs were requesting MC EVERY night! Had to do something a bit different

Lullabyloo Wed 25-Jul-07 15:33:08

agree ...onions are a must to cut through the richness

mosschops30 Wed 25-Jul-07 15:33:11

I do a fabulous delia one, will try a link now, its gorgeous I could eat it every night

paulaplumpbottom Wed 25-Jul-07 15:34:27 ults-process=default&dispatch=search/ref=pd_sl_aw_tops-2_aps-books-uk_200606979_2&results-process=de fault

mosschops30 Wed 25-Jul-07 15:35:05

here it is yummy

michaelad Wed 25-Jul-07 15:35:49

Yep, found the book..but I kind of need the recipe tonight

michaelad Wed 25-Jul-07 15:37:26

hmmh..the delia one does sound nice!

TinyGang Wed 25-Jul-07 15:38:10

Mine has mild curry powder in the cheese sauce.

Make it as strong or mild as you like. I also finely chop a green or red pepper, saute it and mix that in too. And slices of a big beef tomato on the top.

One of dh's favourites

yeahyeah Wed 25-Jul-07 15:39:48

Mix lots of butter and equal amount of whole wheat flour into a paste then gradually add milk to make a white sauce then add a bit of mustard powder, loads of grated cheddar cheese and some grated nutmeg!

paulaplumpbottom Wed 25-Jul-07 15:42:40

sorry can't find it anywhere online

Spidermama Wed 25-Jul-07 15:43:18

Mmmmmm Tiny. I love the idea of a curried version.

mosschops30 Wed 25-Jul-07 15:43:47

michaelad, the delia one is something else. Its sooo tasty and great for a really warm treat

michaelad Wed 25-Jul-07 15:44:11

yes..curried sounds rather nice too! I'm just terrified that I will botch the white sauce..

Lullabyloo Wed 25-Jul-07 15:45:17


knob of butter
oregano or marjoram
100g parmesan-grated
fontina or taleggio-torn
pinch nutmeg
small ball mozzerella

heat oven to 200
boil macaroni in salted water til al dente-drain & reserve a little cooking water
Heat butter in pan & when foaming add herbs & fry gently till crisp
Add pasta & reserved water & toss to coat & parmesan,fontina,mascarpone..toss till melted & gooey
Season & add nutmeg
Pour into oven proof dish,tear up mozzerella & scatter over with extra parmesan
Bake in oven for 10mins & finish under the grill till browned


michaelad Wed 25-Jul-07 15:46:33

I've done Jamie's version and somehow it came out really dry and rather naff.. Don't know what went wrong..usually absolutely love what he does!

Lullabyloo Wed 25-Jul-07 15:48:32

...dry & naff?????????????

it's delicious

michaelad Wed 25-Jul-07 15:50:10

Like I said, something must have gone wrong..not Jamie's fault, obviously

TinyGang Wed 25-Jul-07 16:12:58

Yes the curry gives it a nice kick - stops it from being too bland. I can't imagine it without now.

Dc are fine with it too if you use mild curry powder. The cheese and milk in the sauce still means it's creamy. Yum!

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