Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mac and Cheese with Bacon Bits

Mac and Cheese with Bacon Bits
I stumbled across a lonely tin of Heinz macaroni and cheese whilst doing a spot of cleaning in my cupboards. (note to self, really should do that more often!). The last time I had this was when I was about 15, how time flies, and I distinctly remember it not being very nice! Anyway, a few tweaks here and there and I created my own version of this children's favourite.


1 medium onion, chopped
1 pack of lardons, or 4 slices of bacon diced
5 tblsp crème fraîche
150g grated cheddar cheese
150g grated emmental/gruyere cheese
50g soft cheese (philidelphia for example)
300g macaroni pasta
salt & pepper
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper
25g butter/margarine


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
2. In a large saucepan cook the macaroni until al dente (5mins max), drain and set aside
3. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter
4. Add the onions and lardons/bacon
5. Stir constantly for a few minutes
6. Add the soft cheese, grated cheddar, crème fraîche, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt & pepper to taste
7. Simmer gently for 5-10 mins, until a the sauce is smooth and creamy (add a little milk if needed)
8. Mix the macaroni and pasta well together
9. Spoon into an oven proof dish
10. Sprinkle over the emmental/gruyere cheese
11. Bake in the oven until cheese starts to bubble nicely

Serve with warm bread and a light salad

Serves : 4
Preparation : 10 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins

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