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BigFunUnderTheSun Wed 24-Jun-09 12:01:43

Mine is boring and DH says it doesn't have enough flavour!

I boil the pasta in plain water (Dh advises i add salt which i never do - should I?)

For the cheese sauce i use:butter, plain flour, semi skimmed milk and mature cheddar. is there anything different i can add for more flavour?

How do you make yours?

MrsWednesday Wed 24-Jun-09 12:07:07

When you melt the butter for the cheese sauce, fry some garlic in it (one crushed clove) too, before you add the flour.

Also use some parmesan as well as mature cheddar.

I add bacon and broccoli to mine too.

MrsWednesday Wed 24-Jun-09 12:08:00

Oh and a spoonful of English mustard when you've added the cheese.

BigFunUnderTheSun Wed 24-Jun-09 12:10:43

thank-you grin Adding the garlic sounda fab, will try that tonight. Don't have any mustard at home but will get some when i next go shopping

PortAndLemon Wed 24-Jun-09 12:10:45

I use this recipe -- it's the mustard that helps, I think.

traceybath Wed 24-Jun-09 12:11:48

Gruyere cheese gives a lovely flavour. I also add dijon mustard and lots of nutmeg.

Sometimes add leeks and bacon as well as per the mighty Delia.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 24-Jun-09 12:11:55

Yes, you should add salt to the water. Pasta tastes much better if you do.

How much cheese are you adding to the sauce? I use loads. Also, to sharpen it up a little, try adding the juice of half a lemon

When you have finished making it, and stirring the cheese sauce into the pasta, turn it into an oven dish, sprinkle more cheese on the top and bake until the additional cheese is well browned.

BigFunUnderTheSun Wed 24-Jun-09 12:19:14

I think i might have some Gruyere cheese at home. is it pale and a little crumbly?

Love that website Port and lemon, will use that recipe tonight!

reikizen Wed 24-Jun-09 12:29:38

I make my mac cheese sauce from creme fraiche ( the lower fat variety). Just chuck it in a pan with a knob of butter, warm through and slowly add the cheese until it melts in. No lumps like with flour. Much more flavoursome in my opinion!

saz73 Wed 24-Jun-09 12:32:27

I add a bit of ground nutmeg to my white sauce.

JetLi Thu 25-Jun-09 06:37:18

Haven't had a go myself yet but Nigella's macaroni cheese looks good and easy.
Would also add my vote for mustard in any cheese sauce - powdered for preference. You don't taste it as such - it just makes the cheese more cheesy! grin

NoTart Fri 26-Jun-09 10:20:45

I use gruyere, parmesan and half a pot of marscapone cheese.. also c 5 chopped tomatoes (minus skin and seeds) and about 3 slices of ham. Yummy.

Sparklytwinkletoes Thu 09-Jul-09 18:00:14

splash of worcestershire sauce works well, in addition to mustard (i use english).

If you can be bothered to rough chop an onion, then put the milk in, bring to simmer, then strain onion back out and use the flavoured milk to make the sauce, that's good too - like a bechamel sauce.

Peppercorns and bayleaves are good with the onion too.

If desperate, a tiny amount of marmite can lift a cheese sauce too.

Millie1 Fri 10-Jul-09 16:38:15

Wouldn't recommend Nigella's recipe ... tried it last Sunday night and it was dreadful ... the evaporated milk/egg mixture sort of scrambled in the oven and it ended up as pasta in a dry, scrambled mixture with no sauce so to speak. 12 mth old DT2 loved it but it was grimaces all around apart from her!!

I usually use a Darina Allen recipe with bacon, onions and mustard & cheddar cheese in a white sauce and it's lovely!

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