Macaroni Cheese is without doubt, my all time favourite food. By macaroni cheese, I only mean my mum's version, unadulterated with anything but unhealthy amounts of cheese. What could be better? Its like a hug in a bowl. As with all the best food, its steeped in memory for me, we always have macaroni cheese as part of a roast dinner (its a West Indian thing), believe me, it works! Try it with roast chicken and gravy - mmm....
Since leaving home, I've tried many times to recreate this myself, and whilst they were good, they were never the same. But I think I finally cracked it last night. Basically, you need to use more cheese than I feel comfortable using, and there needs to be a lot of thick cheesy sauce to macaroni. If you're going to do it, you need to do it properly I say!
My mum always makes her white sauce in the microwave and I can testify it does work really well, I do however, usually do it in a pan. Recently, I've got particularly lazy and even use cold milk when making a white sauce, as long as you whisk it in slowly, its fine!
In an attempt to feel more virtuous (and not end up feeling sick) I had mine with a mustardy pea, rocket and tomato salad(trying this mustard dressing), although I eat plenty more out of the dish afterwards, but still had enough for my lunch the next day.
What follows is (a version of) my mum's recipe...
- 30g butter
- 30g flour
- 300ml (½ pint) milk
- 175g mature cheddar
- ½ tsp english mustard
- 200g macaroni