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Mac ’n’ cheese with beer and a crispy bacon crumb

A smoky bacon and herby thyme crust plus an ale and gooey two-cheese sauce make this pasta-bake truly irresistible

A smoky bacon and herby thyme crust plus an ale and gooey two-cheese sauce make this pasta-bake truly irresistible

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Cooking Time

Cook: 55 Mins

Cooking Time

Serves: 8

Cooking Time

Price: 78p per serving

Nutritional Information

Each 233g serving contains

Energy
1678kj
401kcal
20%
Fat
20g
Med
29%
Saturates
11.9g
High
60%
Sugars
5.4g
Low
6%
Salt
1.21g
Med
20%
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g:
720kj/172kcal

Ingredients

300g macaroni

50g bread (2-3 days old), crusts removed

3 rashers Extra Special Oak Smoked Dry Cured Streaky Bacon

1 clove garlic, crushed

1tbsp thyme leaves

150g mature Cheddar, grated

50g butter, plus extra for greasing

40g plain flour

1tsp English mustard

600ml full-fat milk

100ml ale or lager

1tbsp Worcestershire sauce, plus extra for splashing

100g Extra Special Taleggio or ripe Brie, rind removed, cut into 1cm cubes

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Grease a large ovenproof dish or pan.
2
Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the macaroni and simmer for 10 mins until just cooked.
3
Meanwhile, to make the crumb topping, put the bread, bacon, garlic, thyme and 30g of the Cheddar in a processor and blitz to a coarse crumb. Set aside.
4
To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the flour and mustard, stir together and cook for 2 mins to get a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time, followed by the ale or lager. Cook for 5 mins until the sauce has thickened.
5
Remove from the heat and add the Worcestershire sauce and remaining Cheddar. Stir until the cheese has melted and is well combined.
6
Drain the cooked pasta and return to its pan. Add the cheese sauce and mix until well combined, then stir in the Taleggio.
7
Transfer to the ovenproof dish, scatter over the bacon crumb mixture and top with a couple of splashes of Worcestershire sauce. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden and bubbling.