Mac & Cheese

One of my all time favourite sides, has to be the Mac and Cheese!  It's the dish that I get requested to take to my family get togethers.  I love the cheesy, gooey, delicious-ness of it.  The addition of the bacon and leek make this a dish worthy of being more than just a side dish.


Mac & Cheese Recipe


READY IN: 40 Minutes



  • 4 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons cornflour
  • 5 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoon salted butter
  • 600g macaroni
  • 4 rashers bacon, diced
  • 1 large leek, trimmed and sliced
  • Black pepper to taste



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large saucepan. Add the cornflour and cook over a moderately high heat, whisking, for 2 minutes. Add the milk and bring to a boil, whisking until thickened, approx 5 mins. Remove from the heat. Add 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese, season with cracked pepper and whisk until the cheese sauce is melted.
  2. Meanwhile, in a frypan, melt the remaining butter. Add the bacon and cook over medium to high heat until slightly caramelised and then add the leek and cook for a further 5 mins.
  3. In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the macaroni until al dente. Drain well. Add the macaroni and the cheese sauce to the bacon/leeks mixture and stir well.
  4. Transfer the macaroni to large heat proof dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for about 40 minutes until golden brown on top.