Firstly my apologies for not posting in a week, to say I've been busy would be an understatement. I had my first test of the year this week, i won't complain too much, but lets just say i needed a little comfort food when i was done. Macaroni cheese is a great option for this, and my version is quick, easy and reasonably healthy in comparison to most at only 300 calories.
The basis for a macaroni cheese is the beshemel (white sauce).traditionally you would need to gently heat butter and flour together to make what is called a rue, and then gradually add milk whisking together to avoid lumps. This recipe for an all in one sauce much simpler. it also conveniently takes about the same amount of time as pasta does to cook.
1. put the pasta on 200g dry pasta into a large pan of BOILING salted water. if the water is at a rolling boil and there is plenty of it, it won't stick. boil for 10 min or until tender.
2. in a large microwave safe bowl, combine:
2 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mustard powder (or English mustard)
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2. add 600ml milk gradually, stirring to avoid making lumps.
3. Heat in the microwave for 5-8 min,whisking about every 2 min.
4. once thickened add:
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
Cooked pasta (well drained)
Check below the shopping list for another alternative - 16 p CARBONARA, and go on and enjoy that comfort food,remember:
It's all about STARVING STUDENT SURVIVAL! - Mags, x
Nutritional info (Per Serving)
Tesco Everyday Value Penne 500G £0.30 £0.12
Tesco Everyday Value Plain Flour 1.5Kg £0.52 £0.01
Tesco Creamfield Semi Skim 4 Pint 2.272L £1.00 £0.25
Sainsbury’s Basics Hard Cheese 250g £2.78 £0.33
Colmans Mustard Powder 57G £1.34 £0.06
There are hundreds of alternatives to this sauce, here's another of my favourites:
16p Carbonara. Leave out the cheese and mustard, fry off bacon and garlic before adding the sauce to a pan to heat (rather than microwaving). the flavors will then permeate the sauce.
extras shopping list:
Dorot Crushed Garlic (20 for £1.00) - 1 cube - £0.05
Sainsbury cooking bacon (1kg for £2.00) - 100g £0.20