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Macaroni bake recipe

Macaroni bake recipe
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Serves 4-6

For a quick and easy dinner, try this cheesy macaroni bake. You can use the white cheese sauce as a base for lasagne, macaroni cheese, soups such as leek and potato, mushroom and bacon, and seafood chowder. This brew is also great for crêpe fillings or the start of a flavourful soufflé.

  • 3-4 rashers bacon, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • ½ cup hot milk
  • 250g macaroni pasta, cooked until al dente and drained
  • Extra grated cheese
  • Handful baby spinach leaves


  • 60g butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1¾ cups hot milk
  • ½ cup tasty cheese, grated
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper
  1. To make the white cheese sauce, Heat the butter in a medium saucepan until melted and bubbling. Add flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until mixture is a sandy texture and golden. Gradually stir in a little hot milk at a time until you have a smooth creamy sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in cheese and season to taste.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Saute bacon and onion for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and bacon is cooked. Stir the mustard and milk into the basic white cheese sauce, then add the cooked macaroni and bacon mixture (reserve a little for the top).
  3. Spoon into a baking dish, top with grated cheese and remaining bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Top with spinach and serve.

About Jo Wilcox

New Zealand Woman's Weekly food editor Jo Wilcox serves up tasty and easy to make dishes that your friends and family will love.

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One Response to “Macaroni bake recipe”

  1. motorhomer Apr 15 2014, 8:27am

    I am going to try this tonight sounds yummy

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