• 250g Macaroni, cooked
  • 1/4 cup Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 2 Stems Shallots
  • 400ml Fresh cream
  • 250ml Fresh milk
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 60g margarine/butter
  • 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs plus 2 tbsp melted margarine
Mac n’ cheese short for Macaroni and cheese is a dish that has also become part of our Zimbabwean cuisine. I put vegetarian in brackets because it can also be included in the meal plan of vegetarians who do eat cheese, milk and fresh cream which things this dish contains.  If you want it to be more cheesy and stretchy you are free to add more cheese and to serve more people you can double the quantities.

Quick Instructions

Please note, for this recipe you will need cooked macaroni. To learn how to cook macaroni follow this link.

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ Gas Mark 5. Gather your ingredients together. These are butter/margarine (60g),  plain flour (1/4 cup), mustard powder (1 tsp), shallots (2 stems), fresh cream (400 ml), milk (250 ml),  cheddar cheese (3 cups, grated), salt (1/2 tsp), ground black pepper (1/4 tsp) and cooked macaroni (250g). Combine flour and mustard powder. Melt margarine/butter  in a good sized pot  then add the flour mixed with mustard powder.
  2. Give a quick stir then immediately add milk and fresh cream whilst stirring simultaneously. Season with salt and ground black pepper.
  3. Add 2 out of the three cups of  cheese and stir until it has melted. Add the macaroni and coat well with the creamy cheese sauce. Add the shallots and mix well.
  4. Get your casserole dish ready and grease it.  Pour your macaroni in creamy cheese sauce into the casserole dish.  Sprinkle seasoned breadcrumbs (1/2 cup) tossed lightly in melted margarine (2 tbsp) over the macaroni. Finally, top all this up the remaining cup cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Enjoy your Mac n’ cheese!

 


Pictorial Detailed Instructions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ Gas Mark 5. Gather your ingredients together (a). These are butter/margarine, plain flour, mustard, shallots, fresh cream, milk, fresh cream, cheddar cheese, salt, pepper and cooked macaroni (b).  Combine flour and mustard powder. Melt butter/margarine in a good sized pot, (c) then add the flour mixed with mustard powder (d).

 

Step 2

Give a quick stir then immediately add milk (a) and fresh cream whilst stirring simultaneously (b). Season with salt (c) and ground black pepper (d).

 

Step 3

Add 2 out of the three cups of cheese (a) and stir until it has melted. Add the macaroni (b) and coat well with the creamy cheese sauce (c). Add the shallots (d) and mix well.

 

Step 4

Get your casserole dish ready (a) and grease it (b). Pour your macaroni in creamy cheese sauce into the casserole dish. Sprinkle seasoned breadcrumbs tossed lightly in melted margarine over the macaroni (c). Finally, top all this up the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes (d).

 

Step 5

Enjoy your Mac n’ cheese!

 

Tasty Mac n' Cheese

Tasty Mac n’ Cheese

You can serve this with a tasty roast chicken and a crispy lettuce salad or steamed mixed vegetables. Do give this a try and let me know how it went down. Never miss any of my recipes. Sign-up here for my mailing list which I use to announce new recipes published on the site.

 

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