This week we’ve got a real treat for homesick students everywhere – an oh-so simple, deliciously cheesy mac ‘n’ cheese recipe from our partner in blogging, What Olivia Did. Great if you’re looking for a quick and easy supper on a shoestring, too!
Says Olivia: “if there’s one thing that reminds me of home, it’s a deliciously warming and hearty mac ’n’ cheese. My mum makes this all the time throughout autumn, so I got the recipe from her to make at uni. I used to love cooking it as a big sharing dish for my housemates (who doesn’t love mac ’n’ cheese?!) and we’d often have enough left for lunch the next day. Although you can make a white sauce from scratch it’s much quicker to use a shop-bought one, but it depends how much time you have (and how keen you are to impress your pals!)
Easy cheesy mac ‘n’ cheese
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
6 bacon rashers
Cheese sauce (a jar of shop-bought, or home-made)
A block of cheddar cheese
A wedge of Parmesan cheese
Start by putting a big pan of water on to boil. In the meantime, cook the bacon in a frying pan until crisp, then preheat the oven to 200°C or 180°C for fan-assisted ovens.
Add the macaroni to the pan of boiling water and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until cooked. Whilst the pasta is cooking, grate a good amount of both cheeses.
Drain the cooked pasta and pop it into a big bowl. Add the cheese sauce, half the grated cheese and the halved tomatoes. Break up the bacon into small pieces, add to the bowl and stir all the ingredients together well.
Dish the macaroni mix into a large baking dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese and tomatoes on top.
Pop in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is nice and crispy and the pasta is cooked through. I love it served with Worcestershire Sauce and a good natter!