Macaroni cheese with crispy leeks and bacon

Yields4 Servings
 350 g dried macaroni pasta 100 g streaky bacon (un-smoked & chopped) 1 leek (finely chipped) 100 g breadcrumbs 300 g cheddar cheese (grated) 30 g plain flour 285 ml whole milk 200 g greek yoghurt 30g butter
1

Prepare the pasta according to the packet instructions in a large saucepan.

2

Meanwhile, in a large frying pan fry the bacon until cooked through and crispy. To this, add the finely chopped leek.

3

Once they are both cooked, take the pan off the heat and keep to one side.

4

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan and then whisk in the flour.

5

Mix until a smooth paste is formed.

6

Little by little add the milk, with the pan still on the heat, whisking after each addition and until the milk is all incorporated.

7

Add the yoghurt or crème fraiche and cheese and continue to stir until the cheese is melted.

8

Drain the cooked pasta and return to the saucepan, pour over the cheese sauce and toss well.

9

Spoon the macaroni cheese into serving dishes and top with the reserved fried bacon and leek, and scatter with breadcrumbs, extra cheese and parmesan.

10

Place the dishes under a hot grill for the cheese to melt and the topping to become nice & crisp.

CategoryCuisine

Ingredients

 350 g dried macaroni pasta 100 g streaky bacon (un-smoked & chopped) 1 leek (finely chipped) 100 g breadcrumbs 300 g cheddar cheese (grated) 30 g plain flour 285 ml whole milk 200 g greek yoghurt 30g butter

Directions

1

Prepare the pasta according to the packet instructions in a large saucepan.

2

Meanwhile, in a large frying pan fry the bacon until cooked through and crispy. To this, add the finely chopped leek.

3

Once they are both cooked, take the pan off the heat and keep to one side.

4

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan and then whisk in the flour.

5

Mix until a smooth paste is formed.

6

Little by little add the milk, with the pan still on the heat, whisking after each addition and until the milk is all incorporated.

7

Add the yoghurt or crème fraiche and cheese and continue to stir until the cheese is melted.

8

Drain the cooked pasta and return to the saucepan, pour over the cheese sauce and toss well.

9

Spoon the macaroni cheese into serving dishes and top with the reserved fried bacon and leek, and scatter with breadcrumbs, extra cheese and parmesan.

10

Place the dishes under a hot grill for the cheese to melt and the topping to become nice & crisp.

Macaroni cheese with crispy leeks and bacon