Classic Cheesy Macaroni

This is one food that brings back memories of my childhood. It is so easy to make. I was horrified to find that there are many people who have never tasted the fresh stuff, they have only had the packet stuff. Shudder... how can you compare?

Cheesy Macaroni

This is certainly not one for weight watching. But sure is high on the comfort food charts. This recipe will make a big lasagne tray. It can feed 6 big hungry footballers, no problems. If you want to keep it simple and healthy then serve with side vegetables and/or green salad and it will probably serve 10 people for a family gathering.

You can also divide it up into smaller casserole dishes and freeze some. It keeps very well in the fridge for several days, if anything I think it develops more deeply the inherent flavours within it.

Cheesy Macaroni

500g macaroni
1 onion, chopped
60g margarine or butter
300g bacon, diced
2/3rd cup flour
¼ teaspoon mustard
Salt & pepper
500g grated cheese
1 1/2  cups milk powder
5 cups of water
1 cup breadcrumbs

Method

Cook macaroni in pan of large pan of boiling water. Drain when just cooked.

Meanwhile you can get started on the sauce by melting the margarine/butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and then cook onion in the margarine on high until translucent for 2 minutes in the microwave.
Add plain flour, mustard, milk powder, salt & pepper.


Slowly add the water at about 1/4 cup at a time and mix to ensure a lump free sauce.

 


Cook in the microwave on high for 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes until the time is up.


If desired you can add more milk if you think it is getting too thick. You want it to be like a thick pouring cream albeit lumpy from the onions only. If you interrupt the cooking every 2 minutes and stir it well, it will be perfect - not gluggy & lumpy from undissolved flour clumps.

Only lumps is from the onions!
You will need to transfer the sauce into a large mixing bowl.
Stir in the grated cheese, diced bacon pieces & the cooled drained macaroni. whilst the sauce is still hot. Mix well.


Transfer into greased baking dishes.


Melt a litte extra butter with the breadcrumbs and sprinkle the tops with the breadcrumbs.
Cook in 180o C (350o F) for approx 25 minutes.


This will be one dish you'll want to come back to time and time again.
So go ahead, start your own tradition and create something that will cause your family to have fond memorie.

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