Creamy macaroni cheese with tomatoes

    Creamy macaroni cheese with tomatoes

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    Old-fashioned comfort food gets a flavour and vitamin boost from grated carrots and sliced tomatoes.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 500 g elbow macaroni
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 4 spring onions, coarsely chopped
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ cup (35 g) plain flour
    • 4 cups (1 litre) low-fat (1%) milk, warmed
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 3 cups (360 g) coarsely grated 25% reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
    • ½ cup (40 g) grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely grated
    • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and sliced
    • 1 cup (60 g) fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs

    Directions
    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:10min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190°C. Lightly coat a 33 x 22 x 5 cm baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Cook macaroni in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water until al dente, following packet instructions. Drain well; return to pan.
    3. Heat oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add the spring onion and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Gradually stir in flour. Cook 1 minute.
    4. Gradually stir in 1 cup of milk until thoroughly blended. Stir in the remaining milk. Bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer, stirring, until lightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in mustard, cheddar and half the parmesan.
    5. Fold sauce into the macaroni. Transfer mixture to baking dish. Place the tomatoes in single layer over the top. Combine remaining parmesan and breadcrumbs; sprinkle over tomatoes.
    6. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the topping is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes; serve.

    fresh ideas

    Use any short- to medium-sized stubby pasta shape in this macaroni cheese recipe: radiatore, rotelle, short fusilli, wagon wheels, ziti, penne or farfalle are suitable. For children, use fun shapes such as letters of the alphabet and stars.

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