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Double Cheese Macaroni March 10, 2012

Filed under: Pasta — delishuss @ 12:31 pm
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The jury is a bit out on this one but I thought I would post it anyway for you to try and see what you think.  I took the recipe from the Quick and Easy cookbook. Let me know if you do try it.

Serves 4

Ingredients

225g dried macaroni

250g ricotta cheese

1 1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard

3 tbsp snipped fresh chives

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

100g sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped

Butter or oil, for greasing

100g cheddar cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

 

Method

1. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salterd water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until tender but still firm to bite. Drain.

2. Mix the ricotta with the mustard, chives and salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the macaroni, cherry tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes.

3. Grease a 1.7 litre shallow ovenproof dish. Spoon in the macaroni mixture, spreading evenly.

4. Preheat the grill to high. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the macaroni mixture and cook under the preheated grill for 4-5 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

5. Serve the macaroni sprinkled with extra chives.

 

Macaroni Cheese August 29, 2010

Filed under: Meat,Pasta — delishuss @ 9:05 pm
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This is my own version of Macroni Cheese. It’s a good one for midweek as it doesn’t really take that long to cook. It’s a good family favourite.

Ingredients

Serves 4 (or 3 hungry people)

300g of macaroni pasta

1 onion, finely chopped

40g of butter

2 tablespoons of olive oil

3 heaped dessertspoons

100ml of milk

25g parmesan cheese, grated

½ ball of mozzarella, roughly chopped

5 medallions of bacon, chopped roughly

½ teaspoon of mixed spice or nutmeg

Salt and pepper

 

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. I find that macaroni pasta takes longer to cook, so it may take longer than on the packet. Add salt and a splash of oil and stir to avoid the pasta sticking.
  2. Meanwhile, fry off the onions and bacon in a frying pan until golden brown. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan melt the butter and oil, add in the flour, little by little creating a buttery consistency. It is best to use a whisk and stir vigorously lifting off the heat regular to avoid burning. Add in the milk, little by little until it is a nice creamy consistency. This is known as a roux. Add in the spice, grated parmesan, salt and pepper to the sauce and stir. Take off heat.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the onions and bacon and pour in the sauce. Stir ingredients together and 
  5. Pour all the ingredients into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the mozzarella over the mixture.
  6. Place until a grill until the cheese has melted and golden. Serve immediately.