An Old Friend: Macaroni Cheese

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Lately I have been getting back to basics and cooking meals that I used to have quite frequently. The ones that you begged your mother not to make when you were little. With all the experimenting I have been doing of late, these kitchen staples have fallen by the wayside, like high school friends being replaced by your cool overly sophisticated uni buddies.

Sometimes the overly sophisticated can be a condescending pain in the butt and walking back into the welcoming arms of a long-time friends can feel like a hot water bottle in a New Zealand winter.

So today I convinced Nick to make Macaroni Cheese, it's my recipe I taught him to cook it and he made enough to feed a truckload of people. Why? I think it's a throw back from family meals, seriously does anyone know the proportions to make Mac'n'Cheese for two. Well I don't. So what will I be eating for the next few days? This, that's for sure.

Disclaimer: this pic isn't the finished result. I just couldn't find a way to make the sloppy mess of Mac'n'Cheese attractive and you know what. I like it that way. It's not trying to be pretty, just chilling, trying to be itself.

Ingredients:

250g Macaroni
6 rashers Bacon
4 spring Onion
200g Mushrooms

75g Butter
3 tbsp Plain Flour
3 cups Milk
1 cup Grated Cheese

Additional cheese and breadcrumbs for the top

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius.

2. Slice the bacon, mushrooms and spring onions and saute in a pan until cooked. Put aside

3. Boil a pot of water and cook the macaroni, drain and put aside.

4. Put a saucepan on a medium heat and melt the butter.

5. Add the flour and stir, you want it to cook for about 3 - 4 minutes like this, if you don't it will taste floury.

6.  Now turn the heat down and slowly add the milk bit by bit. Do not stop stirring, if you do you are going to end up with lumpy sauce.

7.  Once you have used all the milk and the sauce has begun to thicken add the cheese and mix till it has all melted.

8. Stir everything together in a large dish, coat with grated cheese and breadcrumbs and place under the grill until it goes nice and golden brown.

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