Macaroni Cheese And Bacon

Originally from: Delia Smith's Complete Illustrated Cookery Course.
Serves 6
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Ingredients

For the sauce:

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Bring a large pan of water to simmering point.
  3. Add some salt and a drop of olive oil.
  4. Put the pasta into the water and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn the pasta into a colander and rinse in cold water to stop it cooking any further.
  6. While the pasta is cooking, fry the onions and bacon in 1.7 litre oven-proof dish until the onion and bacon are lightly browned.
  7. Add the chopped mushrooms and switch off the heat.
  8. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter and flour, mixing them into a paste.
  9. Slowly add the milk to the butter/flour paste while heating it, to make a smooth white sauce with no lumps.
  10. Stir the grated/chopped cheese into the white sauce (keeping some back for step 13) and also add the cream; heat until the cheese is all melted.
  11. Season the sauce with salt, pepper and grated nutmeg.
  12. Pour the sauce over the pasta etc. in the oven-proof dish.
  13. Sprinkly on the remaining cheese and some cayenne pepper as evenly as you can.
  14. Cook in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the top is nicely brown.


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