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Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese
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Macaroni Cheese is a simple dish that is easy, filling and tasty. Using Macaroni as the base with a lovely thick cheese sauce makes this a gorgeous main dish and side dish. I use three cheeses, mature cheddar, parmesan and gruyere for so much flavour with little effort.

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni Cheese

A ,memory from childhood. This is a superb dish regardless of the time of year.
4.88 from 50 votes
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Course: Main Dish, Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheddar, Cheese, Parmesan, Pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 1235kcal





  • Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions.
  • When cooked, pour into a colander and run under cold water to stop them cooking.
  • Pour a little olive oil over the pasta to prevent it from sticking.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ 350ºF/ Gas mark 4.
  • Place a pan over a high heat adding a little oil. Add the mushrooms and the butter and fry until the mushrooms are lovely and brown.
  • Using a separate pan over a medium heat add the remaining butter until it melts and add the flour.
  • Cook for a minute or so and then gradually add the milk and continually stir.
  • Once all the milk has been added and the sauce has come to a boil, turn off the heat and add the Cheddar and/or Gruyère and allow it to melt into the sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Taste the cheese sauce and add extra cheese or seasoning if required.
  • In the same pan, add the uncooked thinly sliced leeks, cooked mushrooms and the pasta to the cheese sauce.
  • When fully mixed together, pour the mixture into an oven proof dish.
  • I like to add either grated Gruyère or Parmesan to the top of the mixture prior to cooking. It creates a lovely thin crust.
  • Place in the middle of the oven and cook for 30–35 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Serve on warmed dishes with hot garlic bread for a superb filling meal.


Sodium: 892mg | Calcium: 903mg | Vitamin C: 8mg | Vitamin A: 2639IU | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 6g | Potassium: 847mg | Cholesterol: 177mg | Calories: 1235kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 40g | Fat: 65g | Protein: 49g | Carbohydrates: 115g | Iron: 5mg