Mega Macaroni And Cheese
9 ounces large macaroni or penne pasta, dried or fresh
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 ½ cups whole milk
1 ¾ cups grated cheddar cheese or American cheese
1 teaspoon English or Dijon mustard
A pinch of nutmeg
4 ounces bacon, cooked and chopped into pieces
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and keep warm.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
Gradually stir in the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously, until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in three quarters of the cheese and add the mustard, nutmeg and bacon pieces. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir well.
Transfer the mixture to a large ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Cook in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with green beans and a few cooked cherry tomatoes.
Make your macaroni and cheese more mega – try adding some corn, bell pepper or carrots.
Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.
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