Saturday, 19 April 2014

Madhouse recipe : Mac & cheese with Spinach & Bacon

Macaroni Cheese is something I always used to eat as a kid but it never sounds as exotic as the American version Mac and Cheese. Even Madhouse Daddy raves about the Kraft Mac and Cheese from a packet that he used to eat in the States when he was an au pair, so I decided to adapt a recipe I'd seen for American-style Mac & Cheese and add bacon and spinach.

Mac & Cheese with Spinach & Bacon

serves 6

ingredients :

500g  macaroni
3tbsp butter
3tbsp flour
1tbsp mustard powder
3 cups (720ml) milk
2 onions (1/2 cup)
1 bayleaf
1/2 tsp paprika
330g cheddar
1tsp salt
1 cup (150g) dried breadcrumbs
200g bacon lardons, cooked
150g spinach (fresh or frozen)

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Cook the macaroni in boiling salted water until just cooked. Drain and reserve.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the mustard and flour and mix until well blended and lump-free. Add the milk, onions, spinach, paprika and bay leaf. Cook on a low heat (just simmering) for 10 minutes, whisking until smooth. Take off the heat and remove the bay leaf.

Mix in 3/4 of the cheddar and the bacon and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the macaroni and mix well. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar.

In a frying pan, toast the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the dish.

Put in the oven for 30 minutes and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

You can add any extra ingredients you want to jazz things up : ham, chicken breast, chorizo or leftover cooked vegetables. The bacon and spinach combination worked really well though and the addition of crunchy breadcrumbs was a nice touch.

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  1. Mmmmm, yummy! Might have to try this one!

  2. that looks amazing, mac and cheese is a weakness of mine and the added bacon and spinach is a great idea. really hungry now.

  3. It's made me want to experiment with other combinations now ! :)

  4. I have a bit of an obsession with macaroni cheese, and this sounds like a fab variation, I will definitely have to try it out.

  5. Yummy! A good reminder to have some mac and cheese again soon.