Well, this is naughty: our no regrets proper macaroni cheese. It’s macaroni cheese done right, and comes in at 24 syns a serving. This is in no way diet food: but sometimes you need a Hot Flavour Injection before you get back on the horse to Bland Town. This dish is the culinary equivalent of telling your wife you’re discussing spreadsheets at a conference when you’re actually paying someone to do all those things to you that you read in Schmutziges Erotik-Pferd back in the fifties. Filth!
We shan’t mess about with gossip and flim-flam – I don’t doubt you’re chomping at the clout to get to our proper macaroni cheese, so let’s get straight to it. No foreplay.
I know, right?
proper macaroni cheese and to hell with the syns
Yield 8 servings
Sometimes you need something dirty. In situations like that, no amount of pretending Quark is anything other than something scraped from under a particularly pungent bellend will do. No, sometimes you need something proper to hit the spot rather than pretend, and this macaroni cheese - loaded with butter, cheese, chorizo and more cheese, will do just that.
This is 24 syns per serving. You'll need to put a towel down, just saying.
- 500g penne
- 300g cherry tomatoes
- 1 chorizo ring, finely chopped (31 syns)
- 2 onions, sliced
- 50g panko (9 syns)
- 6 tbsp butter (33 syns)
- 70g flour (12½ syns)
- 1 litre whole milk (30 syns)
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tbsp sriracha (2 syns)
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 125g extra-mature cheddar, grated (25 syns)
- 125g red leicester, grated (25 syns)
- 125g mozarella, grated (17½ syns)
- 50g parmesan, grated (12 syns)
- preheat the oven to 180°c
- bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions, then drain
- place the cherry tomatoes onto a baking tray and drizzle with a little oil, and sprinkle over some salt, and bake for twenty minutes
- heat a large pan over a medium-high heat
- add a few teaspoons of oil and fry the chorizo and onion until crisp
- use a slotted spoon to scoop out the chorizo and onion, and set aside
- reduce the heat to medium and add the butter to the same pan (with the tasty chorizo oil) and stir continuously until melted
- add the flour to the pan and stir for a minute
- whisk in the milk and bring to the boil, whisking constantly
- add the mustard, sriracha and Worcestershire sauce to the pan and keep whisking
- add in the cheese, reserving a quarter of each for the topping, plus the chorizo and onions, and keep stirring
- tip the drained pasta into the cheese sauce and mix well
- tip into a large dish and top with the cherry tomatoes
- sprinkle over the panko, parmesan and the rest of the cheese and bake for 35 minutes
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Now of course one must remember that this is a diet blog so, if the above has left you leaking like a broken fridge but unable to see said leak because you’ve got a continental shelf rather than a gunt, panic not. We’ve got you, fam – here’s some diet takes on macaroni cheese to keep you going:
- chicken, rosemary and goat cheese macaroni cheese (3.5 syns)
- rick stein’s delicious dirty macaroni (2.5 syns)
- chilli beefy macaroni cheese (3.5 syns)
- pimped macaroni cheese (1.5 syns)
- macaroni cheese (1 syn)