Asparagus mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon crumble recipe

Asparagus mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon crumble recipe

2 Mins

This quick and easy recipe from British Asparagus is a new twist on the old classic. The prep only takes 15 minutes, then you can let it bubble away in the oven, making it the ideal supper or family meal.

 

Ingredients

(Serves: 4)

8 rashers streaky bacon
50g breadcrumbs
150g cheddar cheese
300g macaroni
2 bunches British asparagus (spears trimmed and cut in half)
40g butter
40g plain flour
400ml milk
2 tsp dijon mustard

 

Method

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

  1. Heat the grill and cook the bacon on each side until very crisp.
     
  2. Chop the bacon into small chunks. Combine with the bread crumbs and ¼ of the cheese then set aside.
     
  3. Fill a large pan with water and bring to the boil. Add a pinch of salt and the macaroni. Cook for 9 minutes then add the asparagus and cook for a further 2 minutes.
     
  4. While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a small thick-based saucepan. Sprinkle in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon.
     
  5. Cook for a minute, continuing to stir then add the milk a little at a time, stirring continuously so it is absorbed into the flour and slowly makes a smooth sauce. If you get any lumps, don’t panic, just beat vigorously with the wooden spoon and they’ll disperse.
     
  6. Stir in the mustard, some black pepper and the remaining cheese.
     
  7. Once the macaroni and asparagus are cooked, drain well and return them to the pan. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to coat well.
     
  8. Tip the macaroni into a large oven dish, sprinkle over the breadcrumb mixture and return to the grill for the top to melt and brown.
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