Showing posts with label Macaroni cheese. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Macaroni cheese. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Macaroni Cheese with tuna, cauliflower and mushrooms

This evening meal or lunch time snack is a moist tasty simple dish that is sure to become a family favourite ...  it has some veggies in it which also makes it an all round balance of deliciousness.

Macaroni Cheese with tuna, cauliflower and mushrooms
  • Cook about 400 grams of a small macaroni pasta of your choice and a half a head of cauliflower cut into small pieces in 3 cups of milk and one cup of water bought to the boil with a little salt added.
  • While these are cooking ... in a frying pan over a low flame soften a diced onion, add a punnet of button mushrooms which have been quartered until also softened.
  • To this mixture add a cup of white wine (I have used a  Japanese Sake as it has a wonderful intense flavour)and reduce this gently until almost all gone. You can use a little stock if you prefer however the wine concentrates into nothing but flavour.
  • When the pasta is just cooked strain off any remaining liquid that has not been absorbed and place the pasta and cauli into a large bowl.
  • Add the mushroom and onion to this along with a small tub of ricotta cheese, a medium to large tin of tuna depending on the amount you prefer(I use one with chilli oil for a hint of spice without being hot ... remove the chilli's and oil from the tinned tuna first)
  • Finally add about a cup of grated tasty cheese and spread our into a lasagne dish.
  • Top with some breadcrumbs and a little more grated cheese and a slight drizzle of oil. Gently brown this under the grill or in the oven bringing the dish to the  required eating temperature.

We enjoyed this dish picnic style at the outdoor cinema ... heat before leaving home, wrap in a tea towel to keep warm and served and enjoyed  under the stars.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni Cheese

Nothing beats home made Macaroni Cheese. Takes a little longer but is so much nice than anything out of a packet. 
  • Pre cook about 300 grams of a macaroni. 
  • While this is happening melt about 80 grams of butter in a pan and gently fry off until softened a finely diced onion... then add 3 tablespoons of plain flour and cook for a minute (make sure you do this step or the end product will taste floury)... gradually add two cups of milk stirring all the time so you don't get lumps and then bring this up to the boil and simmer gently for a couple of minutes until thickened and then remove it from the heat.
  • Stir into the thickened sauce about 200 grams of your favourite grated tasty cheese and a couple of teaspoons of wholegrain mustard, salt & pepper to taste.
  • Finally add your cooked pasta pop it in a casserole dish, sprinkle the top with some freshly made bread wholegrain bread crumbs and a little more grated cheese and  then bake it in a 180 oven until bubbly, golden and delicious.