Pregnancy App Article: "Recipe of the week"

Week 40
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Comfort food
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Labour is like running a marathon and this Posh Macaroni Cheese is the ideal way to carb-load in preparation. Plus it freezes very well, too, should labour be more imminent than you thought!

Ingredients
  • 250g small macaroni
  • 6 slices smoked streaky bacon, sliced into strips
  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium leek, finely sliced
  • 4 sprigs thyme, leaves only
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 100ml dry white wine or water
  • 400ml milk
  • 250ml double cream
  • 100g cheddar
  • 50g Parmesan
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 handfuls breadcrumbs

Method
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  • Cook the macaroni in boiling salted water for the time on the pack. Drain and set to one side.
  • Fry the bacon in a saucepan for for 1-2 mins.
  • Add the butter and once this has melted, stir in the leeks and the thyme leaves.
  • Put a lid on the pan, turn down the heat and leave the leeks to soften (about 10 mins), stirring them from time to time.
  • Add the flour and cook over a gentle heat stirring constantly for 1-2 mins.
  • Gradually whisk in the white wine/water until a thick paste has formed. Cook for 2 more mins.
  • Beat in the milk and the cream and simmer for 5-10 mins until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the cheese and cayenne plus a little seasoning and stir until everything has melted and you have a smooth sauce.
  • Mix the sauce with the cooked pasta and tip the whole lot into a gratin dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top.
  • Put in the oven for 25 mins until bubbling at the edges and brown on top.
  • Leave to cool slightly and serve with a green salad on the side.
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