Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Step by step Comfort food

Every one needs comfort food at some point in their lives. Being able to make something deliciously sinful is only half the enjoyment. This recipe is great for a stay at home rainy family night or just because you need something to warm your insides.

Macaroni and Cheese Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 35 Minutes
Serves 4

80z Macaroni Noodles
3oz Butter or Margarine
3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cups Milk
2 Teaspoons Wholegrain Mustard
5 1/2 oz Vintage Grated Cheddar Cheese
3 1/2 oz Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 oz Fresh Bread Crumbs (optional)

1. Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling and salted water until just tender. Drain well.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and grease a 6 cup (1.5 litre) ovenproof dish.
3. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over low heat, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, or until pale and foaming. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk. Return to the heat and stir until the sauce boils and thickens. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in mustard and three-quarters of the combined cheeses. Season to taste. Add pasta to the pan and mix well. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish.
4. Combine the bread crumbs and remaining cheese and scatter over the top. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling.

Courtesy of: Comfort Food by Bay Books

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