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Indulgent Posh Mac n Cheese

Posh Macaroni and Cheese!

Melted, gooey, stringy Cheese. Is there anything as bold as a big plate filled with this beige beauty?
Pasta is the ultimate comfort food we crave when we need a hug from the inside out, and in moderation, it is a suitable Carbohydrate option

Now the cheese, and lets face it, it has quite a bit! It can be high in fat and not the best for the Cholesterol, but again the important thing to take into consideration is moderation!
Cheese isn’t all that bad though, it is packed with Calcium, Vitamin B12 and helps fight Osteoporosis.
(But that doesn’t mean that if you have an ache that you can devour a whole block of Gruyère!)

This Posh Mac n Cheese isn’t something you will want to be eating everyday, but it is just so perfect for an indulgent week night treat, especially when the weather is cold.

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250g macaroni

80g Pancetta (diced)

80g Chopped Irish Ham

1 small onion (finely chopped

250g strong vintage Cheddar (grated)

75g Pecorino cheese

30g Cashel blue cheese

50g butter

50g plain flour

200ml cream

450ml milk

1 tsp Dijon mustard

Method:

Bring salted water to the boil in a large saucepan and add the Macaroni. Cook to pack instructions, drain and set aside.

In a medium frying pan, add 1 tbsp butter and fry the onion and the pancetta until the meat is crispy.

Turn down the heat and melt the remainder of the butter in another pan and melt slightly. Add the flour and mix to form a roux. It should become a thick paste.

Add the milk a bit at a time and continue whisking and bring to the boil once all the milk has been added.

The sauce should be thickened by now, so take off the heat and add the cheese. (reserving 40g of Pecorino)

Add the mustard to the sauce and then add the cooked pasta. Mix well then add the pancetta, chopped ham and onions then check for seasoning.

Pop into an oven proof casserole dish and top with the rest of the Pecorino.

Pop in the oven until the cheese has melted on top, about 10 minutes, then enjoy with a salad, a wedge of garlic bread and a glass of Rioja!

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