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Macaroni Cheese 4 Ways

3.6/5 rating (9 votes)
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Ready in: 20-25 mins
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
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Macaroni Cheese 4 Ways

Macaroni Cheese is great but here are a few variations to make your Mac 'n' Cheese really zing!

  • Straight Macaroni Cheese - incredibly unctuous and rich
  • Pancetta & Roasted Corn - super scrummy
  • Roasted Pepper & Garlic - for that Mediterranean vibe
  • Spiced Macaroni - powerful flavours to melt your tastebuds


  • 200g dried macaroni
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 40g butter, softened
  • 30g plain flour
  • 275mls milk
  • 175g grated Cornish Kern or strong Cheddar
  • pinch or two of nutmeg
  • 1 level tbsp English mustard
  • Half a 10g vegetable stock cube
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices white bread, crusts removed and made into crumbs

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  • Cook the macaroni in plenty of boiling water until just cooked, then drain really well, add a tbsp oil to stop the pasta sticking together.
  • Warm the olive oil and add the onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften. (*If making the spiced macaroni add the spices here and cook out with the onions)
  • Add the milk, stock cube then bring to the boil.
  • Meanwhile mix the butter and flour together, to form a paste.
  • Once the milk is boiling, turn down the heat to a simmer, then whisk in the butter and flour mixture, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and stir in 125g of the cheese and the cooked macaroni.
  • Add a pinch or two of nutmeg, mustard and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Stir in your chosen additions if using.
  • Spoon into an ovenproof dish, top with the 50g grated Cheddar and the breadcrumbs then brown under a hot grill or in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Phil's Tips

For the additions:


Pancetta & Roasted Corn:

  • 125g pancetta cubes, fried until crispy
  • 2 corn on the cob, kernels removed and fried in a pan until golden

Roasted Pepper & Garlic:

  • 2 whole roasted peppers sliced (from a jar)
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed into a paste 

Spiced Macaroni:

  • 1 generous pinch of garam masala and turmeric
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander 

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