Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Walnuts

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  Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Walnuts

 This is a great quick dish.  The blue cheese adds great flavour to the sauce but feel free to use your favourite cheese. 

Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Walnuts

Serves 6 

Cooking time:

Ingredients

  • 280g macaroni
  • A little rapeseed or olive oil
  • 150g bacon lardons
  • 500ml milk
  • 150g blue cheese, or your favourite cheese, crumbled
  • 40g grated hard cheese
  • 1 tablesp. Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tablesp. parsley, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 15g breadcrumbs
  • 30g walnuts

To Cook

Preheat the grill to medium high.

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted water until al dente – this will take approximately 5 minutes. Drain and reserve 250ml of the cooking water.

Add a little oil to a frying pan and cook the bacon until crispy.

Return the pasta to the saucepan with the reserved water, milk, blue cheese, two thirds of the hard cheese, the mustard, half the parsley, a little salt and the black pepper. Place over a high heat, bring to a boil, stirring until the sauce has warmed through and thickened.

Turn the mixture into a 1½ litre ovenproof dish. Mix together the breadcrumbs, walnuts, remaining cheese and parsley and sprinkle over. Place under the grill until golden and bubbling.

Serve with a salad of rocket leaves, sprouting peas and beans, sliced cucumber, chopped cherry tomatoes and sliced red onions. Add a dressing made with olive oil, Dijon-style mustard, lemon juice, salt and black pepper.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with Rocket salad with sprouting peas and beans, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and red onions with a Dijon-style mustard, olive oil, lemon juice dressing.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 20g 

Carbohydrates: 41g 

Fat: 26g 

Iron: 1.3mg 

Energy: 467 kcal