Easy Receipe for Macaroni Cheese

Please folks and simple as if possible as lost my reciepe books

Chef_sadie, Jan 26, 6:52 pm

Cheese sauce and cooked pasta - how much easier could it be?

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 26, 7:16 pm


I make mine by the all in one method either on the stove top or in the microwave and never add the cheese on the heat anyway but I do add it without waiting because it doesn't melt properly otherwise. Do you need quantities OP?

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 26, 9:06 pm

Sarahb5 - Yes please!

Chef_pacificrose42, Jan 26, 9:11 pm

450ml milk
40g flour
25g butter
75g tasty cheese
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp mustard powder

I never make macaroni cheese so can't give quantities for that

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 26, 9:23 pm

Thanks sarahb5 but how do you do this in the all in one method thanks!

Chef_pacificrose42, Jan 26, 9:40 pm

Thank you all

Chef_sadie, Jan 26, 10:00 pm

oops sorry didnt think it went through so re did

Chef_sadie, Jan 26, 10:01 pm

You can heat your milk. Make a thickening with the flour and a bit of the milk. Add the thickener to the hot milk, then put in the cheese and season to taste with mustard and salt and pepper. Then add your cooked pasta. That's what I consider,the cheats way.

Chef_clevercloggs, Jan 26, 10:02 pm

microwave macaroni cheese.

2 cups of macaroni
3 cups hot water
1 teaspoons salt
100 grams of butter

1 and 1/2 cups of milk

300 grams of grated tasty cheese
1/4 cup of plain flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons of dry mustard powder.

Microwave the water, butter, salt and macaroni for 12 minutes
without a lid, stir twice in the 12 minutes.
stand 5 minutes.
Add the milk,
mix together the rest of the ingredients, and stir in.
microwave a further 3 minutes, stir microwave further 3 minutes.
serve.

Chef_pickles7, Jan 26, 10:12 pm

Okay, so this is mad and you'll probably all boot me out of the page and tell me to never come back.

Boil macaroni. When cooked, drain it. Add a tin of tomato SOUP (for the love of god don't add a tin of tomato sauce, it will end in tears. Probably yours.)

Also add a tablespoonish of marmite and lashings of grated cheese.

Stir well. Admire the lurid orange hue. Enjoy with a side of fish fingers if you're feeling fancy.

I admit that it reads poorly, and it's certainly not dinner-party material. But I can assure you that if you need a dinner-cuddle in a hurry then this is for you!

Chef_drommy, Jan 26, 10:26 pm


Put the first three ingredients in a saucepan and heat gently while whisking until the sauce is thick enough. Remove from heat and add the last three. Whisk well until cheese melts.

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 26, 10:34 pm

Macaroni Cheese

Makes 4 servings-----

75 g butter------
1 tsp crushed garlic ----
2 cups macaroni---- spirals, sea shells elbows
2 cups boiling water-----
1 cup milk-----
2 cups grated cheese-----
2 tbsp flour------
1 onion finely cut-----
Bacon pieces -------
Brocoli pieces-------
Red pepper diced--------
Sliced tomatoes for topping------
Chopped parsley------
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp dry mustard powder -----
Extra grated cheese for topping

*****if you like a crisp topping make it before you cook the macaroni ------
Microwave a mixture of dried or fresh breadcrumbs with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp chopped parsley and cook for 2-4 minutes stirring after each minute------then set aside-*******

Cut butter in cubes ----- place pasta, chopped onion, bacon, brocoli, garlic and butter in a large dish and add boiling water and cook uncovered on med high power
For 12-15 minutes stirring every 5 mins------- stir in milk ------ cook for 2 min to warm milk----- on a piece of handee towel mix grated cheese with flour, cayenne pepper and dry mustard powder and parsley and stir into the hot pasta mixture----- and microwave on high power for 3-4 minutes.--------

Then place the breacrumb topping on top along with the tomato slices and grated cheese and pop under the griller till crispy

Chef_petal1955, Jan 27, 7:06 am

It's awful.
Mine:

Saute 1 chopped onion and 3 rashers of chopped bacon.
Add 1/2 can chopped tomatoes or fresh or puree - whatever.
Make this a sauce.
Meanwhile cook the macaroni.
Mix the sauce into the pasta, then add 1/2 to 1 cup of grated cheese.
Eat.

Chef_lythande1, Jan 27, 7:26 am

Toadfishes Macaroni Cheese
Fry 1 onion and 4 rashers of chopped up bacon in 2 tbsp of butter. Add 2-3 tbsp of flour and cook for a minute and add milk to make sauce.
Add 1 tsp of wholegrain mustard and 1 ~ 2 cups of grated edam or colby cheese
Mix through 1 packet of cooked San Remo pasta elbows.
Put in a large oven proof dish and place finely sliced tomatoes on the top and sprinkle with a little grated cheese and a few breadcrumbs.
Bake until golden or if its hot enough just grill to crisp.

I have been making this for years as a cheap way to feed hoards of children - and they all raved about it. There is something about the way it tastes because of the onion and the bacon being cooked in the butter.

Chef_toadfish, Jan 27, 9:50 am



I make mine this way too, it's so good

Chef_rainrain1, Jan 27, 11:56 am

I saw this on pinterest - haven't tried it myself - but you could probably adjust the amount as its equal amounts of everything. 2 cups pasta, 2 cups milk and 2 cups grated cheddar.
Simmer the pasta in the milk. Once pasta is cooked stir in grated cheese.
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Certainly not hard - but if it works it would be a good one for students :-)
And it would work out much cheaper than those awful packet mixes.

I make mine by cooking the pasta in water and making a seperate cheese sauce as sarahb mentioned.
No set recipe, and its really good to master a roux style white sauce so you can combine other flavours. ie parsley, or mustard or of course cheese.
Add the cheese off the heat because if you add it while the sauce is boiling it may curdle.

Chef_jallen2, Jan 27, 12:36 pm



Which recipe are your referring to as "Awful" ?

Chef_petal1955, Jan 27, 6:44 pm

I buy a jar of seriously good carbonara sauce and add to macaroni.

Chef_parsondian, Jan 27, 6:44 pm


For me any recipe calling itself macaroni cheese falls into the awful category .

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 27, 7:27 pm



Its mostly a quick, easy and cheap meal for us. can't say I either love it or hate it - but it fills a gap and my version is one of the better I have tasted and is great to take as left overs to work.

Chef_toadfish, Jan 27, 9:05 pm


Life's too short for me to keep trying stuff I don't like, especially when there are so many good foods to eat instead

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 27, 9:16 pm



Who said you should?

Chef_toadfish, Jan 27, 9:22 pm


Lots of people have tried over the years to convince that their particular version is yummy - it isn't .

Chef_sarahb5, Jan 27, 9:24 pm



Oh ok - well it clearly wasn't me as no mention of yummy.

Chef_toadfish, Jan 27, 9:32 pm



It's perfect for a student flat!

If the students are feeling flush they could also add diced bacon.

Chef_drommy, Jan 28, 6:49 pm

Fry 200g bacon in a little oil (1tsp) with a finely chopped med onion and a small clove garlic until bacon starts to caramelise in frypan (Put to side). In another pot add 100-200grams butter and melt, add two tblsps flour (maybe 3) and let cook say two to five min until it starts to only slightly change colour. Add a little milk and mix, when starting to thicken add more milk, when thickening add more until thickness white sauce achieved, add 1tsp colemans mustard, one crumbled cube chick stk, pinch cayenne pepper, coarse ground black pepper, remove from heat and pile in 1 to 3 cups of tasty and edam cheese plus a half cup parmesan cheese, put on low heat to make sure all cheese melted, taste, adjust seasonings. Cook whole pkt macaroni of choice drain and put into dish, add bacon mix and stir in sauce, mix well, sprinkle with breadcrumbs grated cheese (generously) and put into preheated oven 180c for 30 to 40 mins and serve with garlic bread. May not sound easy but it is and it is delicious.

Chef_vtired, Jan 29, 11:10 am

Mine is extremely simply too.
Cook Macaroni (or any pasta) drain and stir through sour cream and grated cheese ! That's it.
Sometimes add things such as ham, bacon, onions, pineapple
My fuss pot son loves it

Chef_krames, Jan 29, 4:01 pm

I saw an interesting recipe on man vs food the other night. it was milk eggs seasonings like mustard powder etc a secret ingredient etc cant remember it all lol. so this was all runny liquid anyways. all mixed in with hot macaroni, then grated cheese mixed in, some melted some didnt. then into a hot oven (didnt have any cheese on top but looked good) and the cheese that hadnt melted kinda was all through it. was served kinda cut out of the tray like lasagne shape.

anyways mine is macaroni and cheese sauce tuna and brocolli.

Chef_lucky1989, Jan 29, 9:18 pm

Alison Holst's Streamlined Macaroni cheese is good and easy. I add cooked bacon or ham; cook chopped onion with the macaroni. I have the recipe here if you need it.

Chef_pugswal, Jan 30, 2:06 pm

Alison Holst’s SUPER-SPECIAL MACARONI CHEESE
For 4-6 servings:
300g (10½oz) macaroni or other pasta
2 tbsp each of butter and oil
1 tsp curry powder
¼ cup plain flour
3 cups (750ml) milk
1 tbsp Dijon or other mild mustard
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp each of tabasco sauce and grated nutmeg
2 cups grated tasty cheese

Topping:
1-2 tbsp butter
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup grated tasty cheese

Turn the oven to 180°C (350°F).
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, lightly salted water until tender. Rinse with cold water and leave to drain in a sieve.
Heat the butter and oil in a pot, add the curry powder then the flour and heat until it bubbles. Add the milk, 1 cup at a time, bringing the sauce to the boil and stirring constantly between additions. Stir the
remaining ingredients in thoroughly without reheating. Carefully stir the macaroni and sauce together, and turn into a well-buttered or sprayed 12-cup (3 litre/96 fl oz) capacity ovenproof dish.
For the topping, melt the butter and remove from the heat. Stir in the breadcrumbs and grated cheese, and sprinkle over the surface of the macaroni cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until the sauce bubbles and the top browns. :-))

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Chef_bev00, Mar 16, 12:48 am

A bump up for yummy mac cheese!

Chef_rainrain1, Mar 16, 8:05 am



YUM! well sounds yum to me. My fav sammy is marmite, tom sauce and cheese. Love the sweet tangy taste so can imagine this wod be right up my alley. will give it a go next time im home alone

Chef_kirmag, Mar 16, 12:01 pm

Here's my very simple but delicious macaroni cheese. It doesn't need the macaroni to be cooked first, nor the bacon and onion. Everything gets done at the same time, in the oven:

200g uncooked macaroni
30g butter, melted in the dish you're going to bake it in
200g grated tasty cheese
2 slices bacon finely chopped
1 can evaporated milk
250ml water
2 eggs
1 teaspoon mustard powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
pinch cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 175ºC.
Grease lasagne baking dish, toss uncooked macaroni and melted butter together to coat the macaroni. Add cheese and bacon, and stir lightly to distribute.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, water, eggs, mustard powder, salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper. Pour into the baking dish with the macaroni.
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, or until the centre is set. Remove from the oven, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Chef_jynx66, Mar 17, 8:59 pm

This is a fav in our house. I add veggies to the dish.

Chef_ruby19, Mar 17, 9:36 pm

comfort food

Chef_bev00, Mar 18, 12:16 am

Yum . toad fishes recipe is the one we learnt to make as children .
Mac cheese , pancakes were the first dishes we learnt to cook as children . Sunday night teas and comfort food .

Chef_jbsouthland, Mar 18, 8:28 am

My Ma used to boil the chopped onion in with the macaroni, and whisked an egg into the sauce before baking. I still have her recipe written somewhere. Recipes of course get added to, and subtracted from over time,

Chef_rainrain1, Mar 18, 9:00 am

This is altered Jamie Oliver's recipe. Using bacon pieces instead of pancetta and reworded slightly.

Does make a huge dish and perhaps may need to divide by two, basically depends on the size of cauliflower. or keep half back, freeze it for later use.

It is very nice.

Jamie Oliver Cauliflower macaroni cheese
2 X 350 gram packets of bacon pieces from Pak’n’Save Chopped smaller
A packet of Brier sticks about 6 in a packet or a small Salami (about 300grams)
1 large head of cauliflower
500g dried macaroni
250g mature Cheddar cheese (Can use grated Tasty or Mild Cheese)
4 thick slices of country bread ( 8 slices of normal Toasted Bread)
Few sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 cloves of garlic
2 x 250g tub of crème fraîche
Parmesan cheese, to serve (optional)

Preheat Oven to 220 c.

Cauliflower macaroni:
Lay the bacon pieces in a roasting tray (approx. 30 x 25cm, or large enough to bake the pasta in) and put on the top shelf of the oven and remove when cook/grilled.
Get rid of any tatty outer leaves from the cauliflower, then trim off the tough base of the stalk and quarter the head.
Put in a extra large saucepan, core down in pieces, with the pasta, on a high heat.
Cover with boiling water, filling and reboiling the kettle if necessary for more boiling water.
Season with a good pinch of salt, drizzle over a little olive oil, then stir and cook according to pasta packet instructions, with the lid askew.

Grate the Cheddar in the food processor (or packaged grated cheeses) and tip into a bowl.
Fit the standard blade attachment, then with the brier sticks added and blitz in the processor with the bread, rosemary leaves and a good drizzle of olive oil until you have a coarse bread crumb consistency, (depends on the processor size - may need to do two smaller lots).
Put a colander over a large bowl to catch the pasta water, then drain the pasta and cauliflower.
Tip pasta and cauliflower into the roasting tray with your cooked Bacon still in, add 400ml (or just under a pint) of the reserved pasta water from the bowl.
Gently breaking up the cauliflower with tongs or a potato masher and put on top of bacon pieces. Crush in the 2 unpeeled cloves of garlic and mix in the crème fraîche and grated Cheddar.

Have a taste and correct the seasoning.
It should be nice and loose; if not, add another splash of the pasta water, do not be frighten to do this, just gives great moisture content.
On top of all, spread out evenly and scatter over with the breadcrumb mixture.
Put on the top shelf of the oven for about 8minutes, or until golden and bubbling.

To serve:
When the cauliflower macaroni is golden and bubbling, take it to the table and shave over or sprinkle some Parmesan.

Chef_valentino, Dec 18, 12:56 pm

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