The Short and the Tall

More Cheese Please! Three Cheese Macaroni Recipe

Now we’re in the midst of winter, all the soul wants is delicious comfort food. And what’s more comforting then cheese?! 🧀🧀
This tasty three cheese macaroni will have you coming back for more.

THREE CHEESE MACARONI

Makes 6 serves

Ingredients
400 g (2½ cups) macaroni pasta
200 g (2 cups) grated American Jack cheese (or substitute for cheddar)
70 g (¾ cup) shaved Parmesan cheese
170 g (1¼ cups) shredded mozzarella
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 rashers rindless bacon, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 teaspoons thyme leaves, finely chopped
80 g unsalted butter
75 g (½ cup) plain flour
875 ml (3 ½ cups) milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  2. Place 3 litres of water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Add the pasta, stir to separate, then cook for 10-12 minutes or until al dente. Drain & run under cold water to cool down
  3. Meanwhile, combine all the cheeses in a bowl
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the bacon & cook until golden
  5. Add the onion and thyme & cook for another 1-2 minutes or until the onion is softened
  6. Add the butter & stir until melted
  7. Stir in the flour & cook for 1 minute
  8. Add the cold milk & stir until well combined
  9. Add the mustard, salt & half the combined cheeses
  10. Stir until well combined, then remove from the heat
  11. Add the pasta & stir until well combined
  12. Pour the pasta into a 2 litre capacity ovenproof dish.  Sprinkle with the remaining cheese, then the breadcrumbs. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden and bubbling.