Penne Mac and Cheese

    Penne Mac and Cheese

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    This mac and cheese is a nice comforting family dinner everyone will love. This recipe uses penne pasta instead of macaroni.

    Serves: 4 

    • 500g penne pasta
    • 100g butter
    • 100g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 700ml milk
    • 400g cheddar cheese, grated
    • 150g Red Leicester cheese or red Cheddar cheese or similar, grated
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 50g golden breadcrumbs
    • 1 tablespoon melted butter

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Cook the penne pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until pasta is cooked (cook according to the instructions on the pack), then drain water and set aside.
    2. In a saucepan, melt the 100g butter over a medium heat then mix in the flour and cook for about 3 minutes to form a roux (thick paste of flour and butter). Add the cayenne, black pepper and salt.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    4. Gradually pour the milk into the roux, and stir (or whisk) continuously for about 5 to 10 minutes until sauce is thickened. Remove the saucepan from the stove and add half of the cheese (both red Leicester and cheddar) and stir until it is combined with your sauce. Add the teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
    5. Mix the penne pasta with your cheese sauce and transfer all into an oven proof dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Mix breadcrumbs with the 1 tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle on top of the pasta.
    6. Bake in the oven until breadcrumbs are browned slightly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve hot.

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