Poor mans Mac & Cheese

It is called ‘Poor mans mac and cheese’ because it is not your traditional mac and cheese. It has been changed I guess so it is more affordable for more people who want to make it themselves instead of eating from the ‘just add water’ packet mixes.

To start preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

Get a medium sized pan and melt 55g of butter. Once that has melted slowly add a handful of flour at a time until you have made a paste. This is something you will have to use your instincts for. When you have your paste made, you can start to add your whole milk (any milk will do but whole milk just makes it creamier). Using a whisk keep whisking your pan until all the lumps have gone. Once again the milk is measured by eye. When you have filled 2 3rds of your pan, you probably have enough milk, but it is completely down to you. So when you have your milky mixture, you need to lower the heat and regularly stir it.

Now you want to put your pasta on to cook. I normally just let it cook until it is just about done, this is because it is going to go into the oven and you don’t want the pasta to be over cooked and mushy.

You need to grate your cheese now. I used a good half a block of mature cheddar cheese, but you can add more and even different types of cheese to the milky mixture. Add your cheese bit by bit to ensure that you have melted all of the cheese. When you see it start to thicken you can take it off the heat. It will continue to thicken as it cools down.

This is where you could add any added extras. Like bacon or chicken or both.

Drain your pasta and add it to the cheese sauce you have made. Make sure all of the pasta has been evenly coated. Put your cheesey pasta into an oven safe dish and top it off with nothing less that MORE CHEESE 🙂

Bake it in the oven until the cheese on top has gone a beautiful golden brown colour and serve with a smile 🙂

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