Fancy mac and cheese

Macaroni and cheese is such an easy meal that is loved by most families. Here is a great way to fancy up a macaroni and cheese by adding other flavors that are more often than not favorites in most households. I am a big fan of bacon but do sometimes add sausage sliced instead. Have a party and make this macaroni and cheese to suit your family. (4 people)

What you need

180 – 200g macaroni or any small shell pasta
6 rashers of bacon chopped
3 heaped tablespoons butter
1 onion finely chopped
1/2 green pepper finely chopped
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup cake flour
1 cup milk
1 tin (420g) tomato soup
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Salt to taste

The process

Cook your pasta in a large pot of fast boiling water to al dente, drain.

While that’s on the go cook your bacon and set aside.

In a new pot on a medium heat, melt the butter and gently cook the onions and green pepper until they are soft. Don’t let the butter brown.

Now add the bacon, mustard, paprika and stir for about 2 minutes, then toss in the flour and stir constantly until you see the mixture bubble and thicken.

Combine the milk and the soup in a bowl and pour into the pot gradually, stirring all the time. Keep stirring until you have a gleaming and reasonably thick sauce going.

Now for the fun part. Add most of the cheese (about 2/3) and all of the cooked pasta to the sauce mixture. Stir to combine well and then remove from the stove.

Now pour the whole lot into an oven dish, sprinkle over the last of the cheese and perhaps a few slices of fresh tomato and some extra bacon bits, place under the grill in your oven to brown the top and you are done.

It’s fabulous and will become one of your favorites. Here is a more traditional macaroni and cheese recipe.