Cheese lovers 5 cheese mac and cheese

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium
1 (500g) package macaroni (cellentani or other curly noodle)
125g rasher bacon, diced
1 medium onion, diced
70g unsalted butter, plus more to butter baking dish
6 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
600ml whole milk
480ml double cream
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp salt
50g crumbled blue cheese
150g grated fontina cheese
75g grated Gruyere cheese
75g grated white Cheddar cheese
75g grated Parmesan cheese
3 tbsp chopped Italian parsley
10g breadcrumbs
1) Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 8 and butter a 23cm by 33-cm glass baking dish. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and add some salt. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.

2) In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pan, saute the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve. Saute the onion in the bacon drippings until soft. Add the butter to the onion mixture and melt, stirring with a wooden spoon.

3) Using a whisk, add the flour and stir constantly until well mixed with the fat, making a roux. Whisk in the mustard. Gradually add the milk and cream, whisking constantly.

4) Add the thyme, bay leaf and salt. Let the mixture come to a simmer and stir frequently for 15 minutes. Strain the hot milk mixture into a metal bowl and discard the solids.

5) Working quickly, mix in the blue cheese, and 3/4 each of the fontina, gruyere, white cheddar and Parmesan. Stir in the reserved bacon and the parsley. Continue to stir until all the cheese is melted.

6) Add the cooked pasta to the cheese mixture and mix to coat. Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Mix the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs together and sprinkle on top of the pasta.

7) Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown. Remove from the oven when done and rest for 5 minutes before serving

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