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Mum's All Day Macaroni

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Introduction

Mum used to make this and used the added extras to help fill-up four ravenous kids! I've tried different macaroni cheese recipes since, but to me, they just seem bland. I'm happy to finally have this written down. Even if I have 'poshed it up a bit'!

Mum used to make this and used the added extras to help fill-up four ravenous kids! I've tried different macaroni cheese recipes since, but to me, they just seem bland. I'm happy to finally have this written down. Even if I have 'poshed it up a bit'!

Ingredients

Serves: 6-8

Metric Cups
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 6 rashers bacon (or 2 gammon steaks)
  • 4 sausages (3-4 depending on size)
  • 450 grams macaroni
  • 56 grams butter
  • 56 grams plain flour
  • 568 millilitres creamy milk
  • 2 bay leaves (dried)
  • 4 mace blades
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (or mustard powder)
  • 225 grams mature cheddar (grated)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 handful breadcrumbs (or crushed cornflakes)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 6 rashers bacon (or 2 gammon steaks)
  • 4 sausages (3-4 depending on size)
  • 15⅞ ounces macaroni
  • 1⅞ ounces butter
  • 1⅞ ounces all-purpose flour
  • 20 fluid ounce creamy milk
  • 2 bay leaves (dried)
  • 4 mace blades
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (or mustard powder)
  • 7⅞ ounces mature cheddar (grated)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 handful breadcrumbs (or crushed cornflakes)

Method

Mum's All Day Macaroni is a community recipe submitted by Pollini and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Firstly cook your eggs, sausages and bacon. Then when cool enough to handle, chop them into bitesize chunks. Set aside.
  • Make up your macaroni, as per pack instructions, and drain and set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to Gas 6.
  • Make your roux: Place in a saucepan your bay leaves, mace(if using), mustard, milk and a grinding of pepper, gently heat together, you needn't boil, you are just infusing the milk with the spices. Sieve the milk in to a jug,and discard the spices.
  • Gently melt your butter in a large saucepan, remove from heat, stir in flour(I find that using a silicone spatula and pushing the flour down into the butter works well for me), return to very low heat and cook for 1-2 mins. Whisk at the ready!
  • Whisk in the still warm milk, bit by bit into your flour mixture. (with warm/hot milk, the roux is less likely to go lumpy). Put the heat up to medium and, continuously whisking, bring to the boil and cook for 2-3 mins. Once it has thickened, you are ready to stir in your grated cheese(leaving some for the topping, please!)and season to taste.
  • Now, in a big bowl(or if you're careful, the casserole dish) combine your cheese sauce with the macaroni, chopped up eggs, sausages and bacon. Then pour it into a large casserole dish(mine is 9x13x2 1/2 " deep.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining grated cheese(well done you if you haven't eaten it already)and the breadcumbs. Cook in your preheated oven at Gas 6 for 20-25mins, until the top is golden brown. Leave to stand for a few minutes before serving.
  • Firstly cook your eggs, sausages and bacon. Then when cool enough to handle, chop them into bitesize chunks. Set aside.
  • Make up your macaroni, as per pack instructions, and drain and set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to Gas 6.
  • Make your roux: Place in a saucepan your bay leaves, mace(if using), mustard, milk and a grinding of pepper, gently heat together, you needn't boil, you are just infusing the milk with the spices. Sieve the milk in to a jug,and discard the spices.
  • Gently melt your butter in a large saucepan, remove from heat, stir in flour(I find that using a silicone spatula and pushing the flour down into the butter works well for me), return to very low heat and cook for 1-2 mins. Whisk at the ready!
  • Whisk in the still warm milk, bit by bit into your flour mixture. (with warm/hot milk, the roux is less likely to go lumpy). Put the heat up to medium and, continuously whisking, bring to the boil and cook for 2-3 mins. Once it has thickened, you are ready to stir in your grated cheese(leaving some for the topping, please!)and season to taste.
  • Now, in a big bowl(or if you're careful, the casserole dish) combine your cheese sauce with the macaroni, chopped up eggs, sausages and bacon. Then pour it into a large casserole dish(mine is 9x13x2 1/2 " deep.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining grated cheese(well done you if you haven't eaten it already)and the breadcumbs. Cook in your preheated oven at Gas 6 for 20-25mins, until the top is golden brown. Leave to stand for a few minutes before serving.
  • Additional Information

    Serve with tinned plum tomatoes and petit pois. I make this veggie by using veggie sausages. But have yet to test soy bacon in it, so I just omit that. You can of course leave out the bacon, eggs and sausages, but that would just make it boring, right? BUT if you do make it without the yummy extras, I'd up the macaroni to 600g/21oz.

    Serve with tinned plum tomatoes and petit pois. I make this veggie by using veggie sausages. But have yet to test soy bacon in it, so I just omit that. You can of course leave out the bacon, eggs and sausages, but that would just make it boring, right? BUT if you do make it without the yummy extras, I'd up the macaroni to 600g/21oz.

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