Macaroni Cheese with Pancetta & Cherry Tomatoes

Yields: 6 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 30 Mins Total Time: 45 Mins

This is such a tasty version of macaroni cheese – one of my childhood favourites.  Mature Cheddar, Parmesan, Gruyere cheeses, pancetta, cherry tomatoes and garlic & herb breadcrumbs… delicious!

 

Ingredients

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    For the cheese sauce
  • For the macaroni
  • For the topping

Instructions

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  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C/Gas 6.
  • For the cheese sauce, melt the butter over a medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 3-4 minutes (don’t let the mixture turn brown).
  • Add a splash of milk to the flour mixture and stir to combine. Continue to heat and stir, gradually add more milk until a smooth sauce has formed. Add any of the remaining milk and bring to the boil, stirring continuously. Reduce the heat and let simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add the cheddar & Gruyere cheese, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and season to taste.
  • For the pasta, melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the pancetta and the shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes until the pancetta starts to go crispy. Add the cooked macaroni, cherry tomatoes and the pre-prepared cheese sauce. You may need to add a little more milk to loosen the sauce if it is too thick. The sauce should coat the macaroni not drown it. Pour the macaroni into an oven proof dish.
  • For the topping, place the garlic and bread into a food processor and blitz, then add the parsley and pulse until all combined, add the Parmesan and mix together. Now scatter it over the macaroni cheese.
  • Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the bread crumbs are golden brown and the cheese sauce is bubbling. Enjoy!

Notes

Experiment by using a variety of cheeses, why not try some dolcelatte. You can substitute the shallots for a leek. Add a bit of spice with a sprinkle or 2 of cayenne pepper.

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