How To Make Macaroni Cheese:
Macaroni Cheese is a dinner that is very popular.
A lot of people have told me they love it but don’t know how to make it. Well here I show you how.
I give you tips so you will get the perfect cheese sauce, so it makes the perfect macaroni cheese meal.
The beauty of this macaroni cheese recipe is it very easy to adapt for to make it for one person or for many people.
When I have guests over for dinner, this would be a well asked for request. Everyone loves my macaroni cheese and I am sure you will too.
I also show you something really special in this blog and that is how to make a pasta burger and it is served with beautiful spice chicken pieces.
For more lovely dinner ideas check on the main courses blogs.
Enjoy making your macaroni cheese.
lunch OR dinner
For Cheese Sauce
- 40g butter
- 40g flour (any type)
- 500ml full fat milk
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp salt
- 100g cheddar cheese
Macaroni Cheese – Method & Instructions
Pre-heat oven to Gas 4/180°C
While you are cooking the sauce, you can cook your elbow macaroni pasta.
Add your pasta to boiling water. And cook for as long as the packets instructions.
Half way through cooking the pasta, just give it a quick stir to separate the pasta, so as to avoid it sticking together.
Drain your cooked macaroni pasta in a colander and rinse with some hot water. Use when ever your ready for it.
Or if you prefer you can make sauce first and then cook the pasta so you can fully concentrate on making the cheese sauce. Especially if it is your first time making it.
To Make the Sauce for your Macaroni Cheese
Melt the butter in a pot.
Put the flour into the melted butter and stir continuously.
Keep stirring for about 1 minute. This ensures the flour will be cooked so you don’t get a floury taste.
This butter and flour mixture is called a roux and is the basis for a lot of sauces.
After that minute of cooking the roux, you need to add a small amount of your milk and keep stirring.
Don’t stop stirring.
The roux will absorb the milk and the mixture will be very thick.
Once the milk is absorbed add a little bit more milk and again just keep stirring.
Repeating this process of keep adding small amounts of milk is very important.
Continually stirring well is another part of the process of making a beautiful sauce.
Really give the mixture a thorough mix or beating with either a wooden spoon or a whisk.
No Lumps Macaroni Cheese
You will not get lumps (which many people fear), if you keep stirring and by adding small amounts of milk at a time. Some people just add half the milk or all of it and then it potentially can develop lumps.
However, if you do get lumps don’t worry. A simple solution is to pour your sauce through a sieve. The sieve will catch any unwanted lumps and you will have a smooth sauce.
At the end of making your white sauce you need to add the salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Once your white sauce is made, you then need to take the pot of the heat.
Let your sauce cool for 3 or 4 minutes.
This is the time where you need to add your cheese.
Yes you’ve guessed it – STIR.
It is very important to add the cheese when it is off the heat as this prevents the possibility of it curdling and separating. If the sauce curdles you have to throw it away as it would be no good.
After a few minutes of stirring you can then add the cheese sauce back onto a low heat to full melt the cheese.
Now add the cooked macaroni pasta to the cheese sauce.
Pour the macaroni cheese into an oven proof dish and cook in the oven.
Now you can just eat it without putting your macaroni cheese in the oven but by putting it in the oven it just gives your macaroni cheese an addition flavour and texture that is just wonderful.
Enjoy making your macaroni cheese.
For Pasta Burger & Spicy Chicken
- flour for dipping
- egg for dipping
- breadcrumbs for dipping
- chicken breast
- cajun spice
- olive oil
Macaroni Cheese Pasta Burger- Method & Instructions
Place a very thin layer of cooked macaroni cheese into a dish.
Let the macaroni cheese completely cool.
It will be one solid piece that you can now cut into with a round cutter to get your circle burger shape.
Get 3 bowls. Into one bowl put some flour, into another put an egg that has been whisked and into the final bowl put some breadcrumbs.
You can either make your own breadcrumbs or buy them from the shops.
Dip the cold pasta circle into some flour, covering both sides.
Then dip it into the egg, covering both sides.
Now dip the macaroni pasta burger into the breadcrumbs, covering both sides.
Once the macaroni cheese pasta burger has been covered with the flour, egg and breadcrumbs; place them on a plate and keep in the fridge for at least one hour.
Now for the Spicy Chicken
In the meantime slice thin slices from the chicken breast.
Rub olive oil all over both sides of the sliced chicken pieces.
To give the chicken that spicy flavour, rub paprika and cajun spices all over both sides of the chicken.
The olive oil helps spread the spices around the chicken.
These delicious chicken pieces are ready to fry. Fry the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side in a frying pan with some olive oil.
It is time to shallow fry the macaroni pasta burgers. They taste extra nice if you fry them in the same pan as the chicken.
The pasta burgers take a few minutes on each side. They are ready when you like the golden colour.
Firstly put one of the macaroni cheese pasta burger onto the plate. Secondly put the thin flat chicken pieces on the top of the pasta burger bottom. Finally, place the second pasta burger on top of the chicken.
You can put some spinach or tomato or whatever salad into the pasta burger if you wanted to or leave as it is.
Serve with a few bits of chicken on the side and salad or vegetables if you wanted. However it is perfect served without any extra too.
Enjoy this wonderful recipe.
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