Macaroni and cheese with potato crisp crust

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
90g butter
75g plain flour
1 litre milk, warm
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Dash salt and freshly ground black pepper
Dash hot sauce
Dash Worcestershire sauce
300g shredded Cheddar cheese
500g cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente
200g crushed potato chips
5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
50g freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for topping

1) Heat oven to 180 to 190 degrees C/Gas 4 or 5.

2) Melt 90g of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in the warmed milk and bring to a boil, continue to whisk constantly. The mixture will thicken as the heat increases. Continue to stir while adding the dry mustard, nutmeg, cayenne, salt, pepper, hot sauce and Worcestershire. Stir in the cheddar until it melts.

3) Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and add to a 3 litre casserole dish.

4) Sprinkle the crisps, streaky bacon and parmesan on top and bake for 35 minutes.

5) Serve warm.

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