Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Macaroni Cheese....

I'll be honest, I don't have an actual meal plan this week because I haven't had a chance to go shopping since the weekend. I could have gone after work this afternoon I suppose but I couldn't be bothered so I'm going to try and make meals from the ingredients we have in for the rest of this week and go shopping on Friday night.  

I have mountains of pasta in the cupboard so tonight's tea was Macaroni Cheese which the kids love.  It's easy to make, cheap and very filling so we have it quite often.

Here’s my recipe:

300g (ish) Macaroni
800ml Milk
50g Butter
50g Plain flour
300g Grated Cheese
Ham (Optional)

While you are cooking the macaroni in one pan, melt the butter in another over a low heat. When the butter's melted, mix in the flour and whisk them together. Gradually whisk in the milk and stir constantly until it starts to thicken.
When the sauce has thickened, take it off the heat and add most of the cheese to the pan and stir the sauce until all the cheese melts.

Add the drained macaroni to the sauce and stir together. You can add some chopped ham at this point if you want to be posh ;-)

Pour the Macaroni Cheese into an ovenproof dish and top with the remainder of the grated cheese.

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the top is crispy and yummy (we always fight over the crispy bits as that's the best bit).

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