Macaroni Cheese

My macaroni cheese serves 6 people at 8pp/approx.350kcal per portion

or

4 generous portions at 12pp/approx.500kcal per portion.


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YOU WILL NEED : (Serves 6 average or 4 large portions)


250g dried macaroni

500ml unsweetened soya/skimmed milk

(skimmed mik is 2pp more but this doesn't affect the overall propoints)

4 tablespoons cornflour

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon garlic granules

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

100g lightest Philadelphia

30g mature cheddar


For the topping:


2 crumpets

(the thin ones at 2pp each)

15g mature cheddar


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Cook the macaroni according to the packaging. Rinse in cold water to prevent it sticking together.


Measure the milk, then add the cornflour and seasoning. Stir well to blend in the cornflour. Heat on high in a microwave in one minute bursts, stirring well in between until it boils and thickens. Alternatively, heat on the hob and whisk gently until thickened.


Beat in the lighteset philadelphia to further thicken and enrich the bechamel sauce.


Grate 30g of mature cheddar into the sauce and mix well. Taste and season if needed. It should be quite bland but with a lovely mild cheesy flavour.


Add the sauce to the cooked macaroni and stir well until you have a lovely creamy mixture.


Pour the mixture into an oven-proof dish. I find a loaf tin works really well for this as the depth of it gives you lots of creamy macaroni cheese with a little crispy topping once served.


Make the breadcrumb topping by blitzing the crumpets with 15g grated mature cheddar. You could use 2-3 slices of reduced calorie bread if you prefer.


Spread the cheesy breadcrumbs in an even layer over the macaroni mixture.


Bake for around 20 minutes at 200C/400F/Gas6 until the sauce is bubbling hot and the top is golden and crispy. Cover with foil if the top browns too quickly.


Allow to cool slightly before serving. This way, you will find it easier to divide into equal portions and serve neatly from the tin. You'll need a cake slice and a large spoon...enjoy the "squelch"!


Serve with a drizzle of tomato ketchup.

(You can have up to 1 tablespoon for 0pp)

This is real comfort food at its best.


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