Mac And Cheese

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Traditional Comfort Food For Everyone!

Everyone loves a quick meal they can cuddle up to and love every bite of. That is exactly what we have done here with our mac and cheese! We keep it traditional and tasty but have modified ingredients for other dietary requirements!

It is a great easy meal it uses fairly cheap ingredients! You may add ‘hidden vegetables’ to give it a more nutritional value. This recipe has been remade and re-interpreted in so many ways. Therefore there are so many different other ideas out there!

History of Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is an Italian dish. It was first thought to originate from southern Italy. It is believed that Thomas Jefferson discovered the dish while on a sojourn in Italy. He brought it back to America with a pasta machine. Traditionally the dish was lasagne sheets cut up and stirred through parmesan cheese. However, once it was brought back to America, the parmesan was replaced with cheddar cheese. As a result, over the years more people have tried adding more ingredients. Today it is universally known as pasta, milk, and cheese. (CliffordAWright.com)

Easy as 1…2…..3!

There is not much effort needed to make this delicious and tasty traditional meal. It can be made up in as little as 20 mins from the pantry to the table! Our family never has any leftovers when we cook it. However, some suggestions are mentioned below for any leftovers.

Serving Suggestions

This dish can be eaten as it is in a meal, as a side to accompany a meal, a snack, etc. Some good ideas are to fry an egg to put on top. Alternatively, turn it into a bake like these recipes from above pictures, or even make little muffins great for kid’s lunchboxes!

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Macaroni and Cheese

Traditional Italian Family Favourite Mac and Cheese!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 451kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepans

Ingredients

  • 20 g Butter
  • 100 g Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 4 Rashers Streaky Bacon, Diced optional
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 250 g Pasta
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic infused olive oil

Instructions

  • Cook pasta as per packet instructions, drain.
  • Put garlic infused oil into a hot pan, add bacon. cook until golden. Add to pasta.
  • In a small saucepan add butter. once melted, add flour and mix until combined into a roux. Slowly add milk making sure well combined each time. Bring to boil then simmer until thickened slightly, then take off the heat.
  • Add cheese, salt and pepper to the milk mixture stirring until all all melted. pour over the pasta and combine well.

Notes

 
TIPS:
  • Try adding vegetables chopped finely to add more nutrition
  • This can be made in big batches and frozen for later for up to 2 months!
 
NUTRITION
Energy: 1889kj
Fat Total: 15.4g
Saturated Fat: 2.8g
Fibre: 6g
Protein: 21.6g
Cholesterol: 7mg
Sodium: 762mg
Carbs (Total): 53.4g
 
Alternatives:
Dairy Free – I replaced the milk for soy milk (not made from soybean) and used dairy free cheddar cheese
Fodmap Friendly – I suggest lactose free milk alternative as well as gluten free pasta (normal pasta is fodmap at 1/2 cup after cooking). Cheese is naturally low in lactose so there is no substitute needed.
Vegan – The same as dairy free and leave out the bacon
Celiac – Use gluten free pasta
Keto – Unfortunately the shops do not sell a keto alternative for pasta here. But here is a recipe made especially for keto! https://ketohh.com/cauliflower-mac-and-cheese/

Be Inspired!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Jamie says:

    5 stars
    This mac and cheese looks so creamy and comforting! Definitely a meal that I’d want over and over again!

  2. Amy says:

    5 stars
    So Delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    The ultimate comfort food if you ask me! This looks delicious 🙂

    1. Amy says:

      I am glad you thinks so! It is our first whole family favourite and has been cooke 4 times in the last 2 weeks!

      Don’t forget to share if you make this! I would love to see everyone else’s take on it 🙂

  4. Adrianne says:

    5 stars
    I love a good mac and cheese, yum!! I could eat this right now. Thanks

  5. Sylvie says:

    5 stars
    Such a delicious comfort food, I wish I could eat mac and cheese every night of the week!

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