Winter Warmer Recipes: Asparagus Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Bacon Crumble


Asparagus Mac'n'Cheese with Bacon Crumble_SmallA wonderfully hearty dish, and a twist on a classic. It takes just minutes to rustle up, and then you can sit back while it bubbles in the oven. An ideal supper, or family meal.

How many does it serve? 4
What is the prep time? 15 mins
What is the cooking time? 35 mins

What you need:

  • 8 rashers streaky bacon
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 150g Cheddar cheese
  • 300g macaroni
  • 2 bunches British asparagus (spears trimmed and cut in half)
  • 40g butter
  • 40g plain flour
  • 400ml milk
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

What you do:

  • Heat the grill and cook the bacon on each side until very crisp. Chop into small chunks and combine with the bread crumbs and ¼ of the cheese then set aside.
  • Boil the kettle to fill a large pan. When boiling vigorously in the pan add a pinch of salt and the macaroni. Cook for 9 minutes then add the asparagus and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a small thick-based saucepan, sprinkle in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook whilst stirring for a minute then add the milk a little at a time, stirring continuously so it is absorbed into the flour and slowly makes a smooth sauce. If you get any lumps, don’t panic, just beat vigorously with the wooden spoon and they’ll disperse. Stir in the mustard, some black pepper and the remaining cheese.
  • Once the macaroni and asparagus are cooked, drain well and return them to the pan. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to coat well. Tip the macaroni into a large oven dish, sprinkle over the breadcrumb mixture and return to the grill for the top to melt and brown.
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