Bacon mac & cheese

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Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the bacon sauce
1 medium onion
6+ rashers of bacon
2 tomatoes
1/2 tbsp BBQ seasoning
400g pasta

For the cheese sauce
40g (2 tbsp) butter
40g (2 tbsp) plain flour
500ml (2 cups) Milk
1 tsp Mustard powder
150g Cheese (grated)

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This is our favourite family dinner which i’ll always make if I fancy a no-fuss, quick meal. I used to have macaroni cheese as I child and this is based on that but this bacon mac & cheese adds some bacon and other flavours to make it more interesting and substantial.

Method

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

Prepare the bacon sauce

Chop the bacon, onion and tomatoes.

Fry the onions in a little oil until for a few minutes until they have softened. Add the bacon and fry for a further 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and BBQ seasoning and continue cooking on a low heat, stirring occasionally.


Make the cheese sauce

Melt the butter in a small pan. Add the flour and stir into the butter until it is well combined. Cook for a minute.

Add the milk a little at a time stirring continuously as it thickens. I normally start with a tiny bit at first and only add the next bit when that’s fully combined as I find it stops it going lumpy.
Add the mustard powder if you have any as it will bring out the flavour of the cheese more.

Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese.
Combine everything together in one pot, stir, serve your bacon mac & cheese and enjoy!

bacon mac & cheese

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