Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Macaroni/ Maccheroni Cheese.

The Italians made pasta famous but the Chinese thought of it first (Marco Polo took Noodles back to Italy).
This dish is a great winter meal with lots of energy in it. Warning: it is not a low fat option. You can use most sorts of dried pasta, not just Macaroni/maccheroni.
When making the white sauce (Roux) with cheese, try not to burn the butter!
There are many other ways of making this dish, this is a version that works well in the classroom (quick and easy). Once the pasta and the sauce is mixed together, spoon onto the plate with a green salad for a well balanced meal.
You could alternatively, place the pasta and sauce in a oven dish, sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top and grill it in the oven for 10 minutes.

Maccheroni Cheese

Small fry pan
Wooden spoon
Wooden board
Sharp knife
Measuring cup/spoons
Large bowl

Ingredients (per pair)
Maccheroni pasta, 1 cup
Salt, pinch
Butter, 25g
Onion,1, finely diced
Flour, 2 Tbsp
Bacon, 3 rashers, diced
Mustard powder, 1/2 tsp
Milk, 3/4 cup
Cheese, grated, 1/4 cup (1 ramekin)
Salt & Pepper for seasoning
Parsley, 1 tsp, finely chopped

1.    Fill the pot ¾ full of hot water and bring to the boil (high heat)
2.    Add a pinch of salt.
3.    Add the pasta when the water is rapidly boiling. Stir to stop the pasta sticking.
4.    Boil until the pasta is “al dente” (soft but firm). Taste to check.
5.    Drain through sieve and place in large bowl
6.    Heat up the fry pan (moderate heat).
7.    Add the butter and melt.
8.    Add the diced onion and bacon and cook until onion goes clear and soft.
9.    Add the flour and stir in until it goes frothy (making a roux)
1. Add mustard powder.
1. Take the pan off the heat and add the milk gradually, a bit at a time. Stir constantly.
1. Place back on the heat and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. The sauce should thicken up.
1.  Add the cheese and stir through.
1. Take of the heat and season with salt and pepper. Add chopped parsley.
1. Pour the sauce into the bowl with the pasta and mix through.
1. Serve onto a plate and eat with a green salad.

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