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Macaroni and Leftover Cheese

Serves 3-4


  • 1 1/2 cups macaroni
  • 30g butter
  • 30g plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150-200g grated or crumbled cheese (I used a mix of leftover pieces of gruyere, parmesan, a little cheddar and a crumbling of blue)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
  • 2 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 1 sprig thyme, leaves picked, extra
  • 1 tablespoons finely grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
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  1. 1. Cook macaroni in boiling salted water for 4 minutes, until just beginning to soften. Drain.
  2. 2. Place butter, flour and milk in a saucepan all at once and whisk over medium heat until thickened. Stir in cheeses, white wine, thyme and season with salt and pepper. Stir in macaroni.
  3. 3. Cut the garlic clove in half and rub all over the base and sides of a suitable baking dish, then discard. Pour in the macaroni mixture.
  4. 4. Chop the bread into small cubes and combine with extra thyme, grated parmesan, olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Scatter the bread over the macaroni mixture and bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly, golden and delicious looking!


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