Macaroni cheese

  • Rating: 2 stars
  • Takes: 5 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • Serves: 4


  • 300g dried macaroni pasta
  • 25g Everyday Value butter
  • 25g Everyday Value plain flour
  • 600ml (1pt) Everyday Value skimmed UHT milk
  • ½tsp Everyday Value English mustard
  • 100g Everyday Value cheddar cheese, grated
  • 30g parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 pinches of Everyday Value pepper

Each serving contains 523 calories, 11.9g sugar, 17.8g fat, 10.3g saturates and 0.8g salt.


Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta, boil for 5 minutes and drain.

Meanwhile, heat the Everyday Value milk in a small pan. In a separate, large saucepan, melt the Everyday Value butter and add the Everyday Value flour, beating quickly until it forms a smooth roux (base for the white sauce). Whisk in the hot milk a little at a time until it is all incorporated and bring to the boil. Turn down to a simmer, stir in the Everyday Value mustard and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the par-cooked pasta to the pan and cook, stirring, for a further 3-4 minutes. The starches in the pasta will thicken the sauce further as it cooks.

Preheat the grill to medium. Remove the sauce from the hob and stir in two thirds of the grated Everyday Value Cheddar cheese and a third of the Parmesan.

Transfer to an ovenproof dish, sprinkle with the remaining cheeses and grill for 5-7 minutes, until cheese is browned and the sauce is bubbling.

Serve with a crisp green salad or steamed seasonal vegetables.


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