Serves 6 -7, 20 minutes preparation, 45 minutes cooking

You probably already have all of the ingredients you need to make our delicious, no-fail macaroni and cheese in your cupboard. Your whole family are sure to love this gorgeous, comforting dish.

Ingredients

  • 225g Macaroni
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 340g cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit/175 Celsius.
  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente
  3. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
  4. Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish.  Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

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