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