Lockdown Easy Cooking : Macaroni Cheese #glutenfree #easyrecipes

Ultra Creamy Baked Mac and CheeseEveryone calls it ‘macaroni cheese’ but any short pasta will work for this classic dis – fusilli or penne are probably the best substitutes.  If you are using gluten free pasta try to get corn or buckwheat pasta. many of the GF pastas available are rice-based and that one has a lamentable habit of ‘overcooking’ very quickly.

As with frittata there has to be a few thousand variations on the Mac Cheese theme but here is a basic to start you off.


  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 300g grated mature cheddar
  • 1 tsp English mustard  powder
  • 350g spiral or other short pasta


  • Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
  • Boil 350g spiral or short pasta for 2 mins less than stated on the pack, then drain well
  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan.
  • Add 1 tsp English mustard powder, cook for 1 min, then stir in 3 tbsp plain flour.
  • Cook for 1 min more, then gradually whisk in 500ml whole milk until you have a lump-free sauce. Simmer for 5 mins, whisking all the time until thickened.
  • Take off the heat, then stir in 250g grated mature cheddar
  • Stir the pasta and some seasoning into the cheesy sauce.
  • Tip into a large ovenproof dish, or 4 individual dishes.
  • Scatter with remaining 50g grated cheese, then bake for 20 mins until crisp and golden.


Variations to try

  • Partially-cooked broccoli  (or any non-root crop veg you care to mention)
  • Grilled bacon pieces
  • Ham
  • Chorizo
  • Caramelised onion
  • Jalepeno chillis (go easy on this one!)
  • add some paprika to the cheese sauce – or garlic – or a little curry paste



note image used is stock photo


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