Macaroni cheese

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By: Tamasin Day-Lewis From: Tamasin's Great British Classics

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.30 / 5 (46 votes)

Prep time:
30 min
Cook time:
35 min

A few flavoursome extras add oomph to an old favourite in Tamasin Day-Lewis's tempting variation on macaroni cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Lightly butter a large gratin dish.

2. To make the sauce, place the milk and onion together in a saucepan. Add the bay leaf and bring slowly to the boil.

3. Remove the pan from the heat and leave the onion and bay leaf to infuse for 20-30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, heat the butter and flour together in a saucepan and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously.

5. Remove the onion and bay leaf from the milk and slowly add it to the flour mixture, whisking continuously, until the sauce is thickened and smooth.

6. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the nutmeg and grated cheese.

7. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the pasta as recommended on the packet.

8. Scatter the garlic over the base of the dish.

9. Drain the pasta, leaving a little water to prevent the pasta from sticking. Transfer the pasta to the prepared dish and immediately begin pouring the sauce over it, stirring as you go so that the pasta will begin to absorb the sauce.

10. Sprinkle the top with the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and chives. Dot the surface with butter and cook for 15-20 minutes, until bubbling and golden.

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Oh no! Sorry it wasn't to your taste Joan. What's your recipe?

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food  Posted 08 Jul 2011 1:15 PM

Quite a bit of preparation work for a very disappointing dish. The garlic overpowered the dish and I think all cheddar cheese would have been preferable to the gruyere mixture. I will stick with my own tried and tested recipe.

JoanP39789 JoanP39789  Posted 07 Jul 2011 7:05 PM

it is perfect very much straight foward,but could have put substitutes for some ingredients that we cannot find here in zimbabwe eg parmesan and chives

NishaE61016 NishaE61016  Posted 04 Jan 2010 1:23 PM

Andrea - UKTV Andrea - UKTV Posted 18 Aug 2009 11:33 AM

Mmmmm iLove me some cheeeeze =D

Andrea - UKTV Andrea - UKTV Posted 18 Aug 2009 11:33 AM

I think this is a great recipe. It tase great too. i love it!

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 22 Jun 2009 5:49 PM

the recipe is a genius and the taste of te dish is outstanding if you have not tried this dish your missin out 5 out of 5
from heather cathrine gould im 9 years old

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 21 Jun 2009 1:45 PM