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Broccoli mac and cheese

How can mac and cheese get better?
Broccoli mac and cheeseJohn Paul Urizar

It’s the holy grail of all pasta bakes, so here’s how to make an even better version of the traditional family favourite.

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1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan. Oil a deep 2-litre (8-cup) ovenproof dish.
2.Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water for 1½ minutes less than cooking time on the packet; drain. Cook bacon in same pan, stirring, until crisp; drain on paper towel.
3.Melt butter in same pan, add flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk; cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Stir in cheeses and mustard.
4.Combine pasta, cheese sauce, bacon, broccoli in a large bowl; pour into ovenproof dish. Dot with a little extra butter. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned. Top with almonds.

When matching sauces with pasta, a simple rule is the longer the pasta, the thinner the sauce; the shorter the pasta, the thicker or chunkier the sauce.


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