Adding smokey sausage and mushrooms to this old-fashioned recipe takes it to the next level.
Make it in a family-sized dish or fun individual serves. Add a few fresh greens on the side.
- 250g dried macaroni pasta
- 50g butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 150g mushrooms, sliced
- 2 kransky sausages, sliced
- ¼ cup plain flour
- 2 cups hot milk
- ½ cup tasty cheese, grated extra for the top if desired
1 Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cook the macaroni according to packet directions until al dente, then drain.
2 Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large saucepan and saute the onion, garlic, mushrooms and kransky for 4-5 minutes until just coloured.
3 Sprinkle over the flour and stir in well. Cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring. Gradually add the hot milk and stir until the mixture is smooth.
4 Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the cheese and season to taste. Spoon into your chosen dish and sprinkle with extra cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Serve with a green salad.
*You can also use up last night’s leftover sausages or chorizo if you prefer. For little ones, add a cup of vegetables or peas to make this a one-pot meal.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author