Posh macaroni cheese

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Serves: 4




  • 50g butter

  • 400ml milk

  • 250ml double cream

  • 100g cheddar

  • 1 medium leek finely sliced

  • 4 tbsp flour

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 250g small macaroni

  • 100ml dry white wine or water

  • 3 handfuls breadcrumbs

  • 50g Parmesan

  • 6 slices smoked streaky bacon sliced into strips

  • 4 sprigs thyme leaves only


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

Additional Information

  • Can Freeze

  • Make Ahead

  • Pasta

  • Meat

  • Main Course

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • MsJP 02/07/10 10:04

    This is posh version of a great nursery comfort dish which makes a great supper or lunch dish. It's really easy to make and can be prepared in advance and then just popped into the oven. A particular favourite when my mum pops round for lunch.