10 Oct 2013

Macaroni and veg cheese

Everyone (well almost everyone) enjoys a good macaroni cheese.  It is just one of those wonderful homely dishes.  And so easy to prepare.  This is my recipe, I love adding fresh veg in the middle of mine for some extra flavour.
Macaroni and tomato Cheese

500g macaroni pasta
dash of olive oil
625ml (2 and half cups) milk
45ml  (3 Tbls) cornflour
salt, white pepper and nutmeg
375ml (1 and half cups) grated Cheddar Cheese
30ml (2 Tbls) grated Parmesan cheese
10ml (2 tsp) Dijon Mustard
4 fresh Tomatoes sliced
1 bunch fresh Spinach leaves chopped
Macaroni layered with fresh tomato and spinach
*  Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
*  Cook the Macaroni in boiling salted water as per packet instructions.  Drain and stir in a bit of Olive oil to prevent it from sticking.
*  In a small bowl or mug:  add the cornflour.  Mix to a runny paste with a little of the milk.
*  In a saucepan:  Heat up the milk. Add the cornflour paste, and mix with a whisk until thick and smooth on medium heat.
*  Add and mix in: the salt, pepper, nutmeg, half of the cheese, Parmesan and the mustard.
*  Add the Macoroni and cheese sauce together in a large bowl.
*  In a deep sided rectangular casserole dish add:  Half the Macaroni Cheese mix.  Then add a layer of freshly sliced tomatoes and fresh spinach.   Top with the remainder of the mac cheese.
* And  finally sprinkle with the remaining grated cheese
*  Bake in a moderate oven for about 35 minutes, or until the top is a lovely golden brown.
Ready to go in the oven
Tips and Suggestions:
*  Sprinkle a dash of Cayenne pepper on-top to spice it up.
*  You can add other veggies such as onion, garlic and peppers.
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  1. Oh lady thank thank you!!!! This is a recipe for my book!!! I am always looking for ways to add vegetables to our dishes and we LOVE macaroni!!! This looks beyond delicious! I will be pinning this when I get home!!! Happy weekend to you!!!!

  2. This is a great idea! I'd love to try this mac and cheese!

  3. This recipe sounds so good - can't wait to try it! I love that it combines comfort food (mac and cheese) with healthy food (tomatoes and basil)! Of course, I would also put the cayenne pepper on top - just for that extra zip! Thank you so much for posting this one!

  4. looks delicious....just mouthwatering!

  5. We are still getting a few tomatoes from the garden, what a wonderful way to use them. This would be a perfect Autumn treat! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Thank you for hopping on board The Great Blog Train!

  6. What a great idea to add that little bit of zing to it!
    Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync!

  7. Great idea !
    It looks really delicious

  8. This looks absolutely fantastic!! I adore cooked tomatoes with cheesy pasta, so I know I'd love this. :-)

  9. (Found you on the grab a friend blog hop)
    YUM! This looks so good! I like to add broccoli and sweetcorn to my macaroni cheese to make it a little more nutritious. Sometimes I put tomatoes on top, but might just try this recipe next time! Thanks!

  10. OMGoodness this sounds AMAZING! Macaroni & cheese is my absolute favorite comfort food, and I love the twist you've made on it. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  11. That's a sneaky way to hide spinach.

  12. Oh my, this looks fabulous! All my favorites in one dish! I'll have to try this out.

  13. Yum! Looks wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative Home & Garden Hop! I can't wait to see what you share today :)

  14. This looks so good! Thank you so much for giving me another idea for a meal worth trying. It looks quick and healthy.


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