This tomato mac n' cheese recipe can be a great way to teach older kids how to make a white sauce, while younger children can have fun putting the sliced tomatoes on top of the dish. This flavourful dish from Marcello Tully is a wonderfully cosy dish to prepare for the family, whether as a side or a main. To make the recipe fully vegetarian, replace the Parmesan with a vegetarian hard cheese like Old Winchester

Method
1.
Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes
2.
Drain the pasta and run under cold water for 30 seconds to halt the cooking process. Mix in a little bit of vegetable oil - this will stop the pasta from sticking together
3.
For the cheese sauce, heat the sunflower oil in a pan, then add the salt, pepper, mustard powder and flour, stirring well
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Encourage children to watch on as you make the cheesy white sauce – it is a great skill for budding young chefs to learn
4.
Slowly whisk in the milk and cream. The sauce will start to thicken as it comes to the boil. Simmer for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat
5.
Add the grated cheese and stir until fully melted
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6.
In a large bowl, combine the pasta with the sauce and mix well. Transfer to a casserole dish and use a wooden spoon or palette knife to smooth the surface
7.
Arrange the sliced tomatoes on top, in your chosen pattern
8.
Place in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the edges and top begin to harden slightly and the tomato is cooked. Divide the mac 'n' cheese onto plates and serve immediately
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Ingredients

Macaroni

Cheese sauce

  • 20ml of sunflower oil
  • 15g of plain flour
  • 5g of salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard powder
  • 730ml of milk
  • 65ml of single cream
  • 150g of mature cheddar, grated
  • 65g of Parmesan, grated

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Nutrition (per Portion)

Calories

359
18%

Sugars

9g
10%

Fat

18g
26%

Saturates

9g
47%

Salt

1468mg
24%
of an adult's guideline daily amount
This tomato mac n' cheese recipe is a cosy dish that will be loved by adults and children alike

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