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Cheese fest: Easy peasy smokey bacon Mac 'n' Cheesy

By emmakenneally

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am

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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Pasta (Macaroni Or Shells)
  • 2 Smokey Rashers
  • 1 Level Tbsp Plain Flour
  • 1 Level Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Handful Grated Parmesan (Or Other Cheese)
  • 1 (Generous) Pinch Of Grated Nutmeg

This super easy cheesy dish serves 1, double up on the ingredients if you’re feeling more social than a solo TV dinner. That said, sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than curling up on your couch, shitty telly on in the background, with a big fat bowl of something to hit the spot. Pour yourself a glass of vino and get stuck into Emma’s cheese-tastic dish…

Instructions

Step 1

Pop the pasta in some boiling water with salt on a medium high heat, and boil away until al dente (takes about 10 minutes). Hardly rocket science.


Boil-the-pasta

Step 2

Slice the bacon into strips and fry on a pan with a little oil for about a minute or two.


Fry-the-sliced-bacon

Step 3

Put the flour and butter into a pot (I used the same pan I fried the bacon in as I wanted to cut down on washing), and stir together for about a minute to cook it through (don’t let it go brown).


Whisk-the-roux

Step 4

Start whisking the milk in bit by bit, only when the sauce thickens should you add more milk in. You may need a little more or less than half a cup. Make sure you keep whisking it so you don’t get any lumps. Keep it on a medium heat, not too hot.


Start-gradually-adding-the-milk

Step 5

Whisk in the cheese.


Add-in-the-cheese

Step 6

Whisk in the grated nutmeg. Have a taste of the sauce and add in a little more nutmeg if necessary, now is the time to season with salt and pepper. Be generous with the pepper.


Whisk-in-nutmeg-and-season-with-salt-and-pepper

Step 7

Now stir in the pasta and bacon, and serve immediately.


Stir-in-your-pasta-and-bacon-and-serve-immediately

Step 8

Enjoy this comfort dish favourite, and possibly plan a trip to the gym in the morning.

Yummers.

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