Recipe

Macaroni Bake with white sauce

For a quick and easy dinner, try this cheesy macaroni bake.

  • 32 mins cooking
  • Serves 6, Makes 2 Cup
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Ingredients

Basic white cheese sauce
  • 60 gram butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cup hot milk
  • 1/2 cup tasty cheese, grated
  • sea salt and cracked pepper
Macaroni bake
  • 4 rashers bacon, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 cup hot milk
  • 2 cup basic white cheese sauce
  • 250 gram macaroni pasta, cooked until al dente and drained
  • extra grated cheese
  • handful baby spinach leaves

Method

Basic white cheese sauce
  • 1
    Heat the butter in a medium saucepan until melted and bubbling. Add flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until mixture is a sandy texture and golden.
  • 2
    Gradually stir in a little hot milk at a time until you have a smooth creamy sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in cheese and season to taste.
Macaroni bake
  • 3
    Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Sauté bacon and onion for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and bacon is cooked. Stir the mustard and milk into the basic white cheese sauce, then add the cooked macaroni and bacon mixture (reserve a little for the top).
  • 4
    Spoon into a baking dish, top with grated cheese and remaining bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Top with spinach and serve.

Notes

Use this white sauce as a base for lasagne, macaroni cheese, soups such as leek and potato, mushroom and bacon, and seafood chowder. This brew is also great for crêpe fillings or the start of a flavourful soufflé. Basic white cheese Sauce: • Always use hot milk. Use a whisk to break up any lumps. • Wholegrain mustard will give added flavour. • Use white pepper if you prefer no specks. • You can add extra or different cheeses, fresh herbs and spices depending on desired flavour.

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