Macaroni & Dubliner Cheese

Looking for the ultimate comfort food then look no further, check out Macaroni & Dubliner Cheese. This is a great family meal and the perfect recipe to get the kids involved with.

Ingredients:

  • 300g dried macaroni or similar pasta
  • 20g butter
  • 1 leek, washed & sliced
  • 1½ heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt & pepper
  • 200g Dubliner white cheese, divided
  • 1 vine cherry tomatoes, each cut in half

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 220°C / 200°C fan assisted / gas 7.
  2. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain then toss with a drizzle of olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large pot over a low heat. Add the sliced leek and gently cook until leek has softened. Sprinkle over the flour and mix to combine, turn heat up to medium and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk then increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil, make sure to stir continuously to avoid lumps, cook until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Add cooked pasta to the sauce then gently stir until all the pasta has been coated. Add the nutmeg and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Stir in 150g of the Dubliner cheese then fold in the cherry tomatoes.
  7. Spoon into an oven safe baking dish then sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  8. Leave to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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