Mac and Cheese

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An easy to whip up homemade mac and cheese, the ultimate comfort food for the holiday season.

Serves: 04

Ingredients:

For the Macaroni

Macaroni – 500 gms

Water – 1 ltr

Salt – as required

Oil – 15 ml

Parmesan cheese grated – 150 gms

White cheddar – 100 gms

Yellow cheddar – 100 gms

For the Bechamel

Milk – 300 ml

Onion – 1 medium size

Bay leaf – 1 pc

Clove – 4 pcs

Butter – 15 gms

Flour – 15 gms

Nutmeg – pinch

Salt – as required

Pepper powder – as required

Method:

For the Macaroni

  • In a small stock pot on high heat bring water to a boil. Add salt, oil and the pasta.
  • Cook till al dante for aprox 5 mins. Drain and set aside.

For the Bechamel

  • In a small sauce pan on low heat make a roux by combining the butter and flour. Cook for 2 mins without any color and set aside to cool.
  • Stud the onion with the cloves and infuse the milk with the studded onion and the bay leaf over low heat in a separate sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 mins.
  • Strain the infused milk into the roux mixture and whisk continuously until silky smooth consistency. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Add the cheddar cheese and half the parmesan cheese and mix well until thickened.

Assembly

  • In a large mixing bowl mix the cheese sauce and the macaroni pasta.
  • Transfer to a casserole, sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and bake for 180°C until golden brown on the top around 10-12 mins.

PS: If the Bechamel Cheese sauce is too thick, add a little milk to thin it down. Check the consistency of the sauce constantly.

Aziz Rajab

Chef Aziz is a professional chef, trainer & passionate Saucier, who completed his training at the Escoffier Hotel School in Nairobi. He has not only achieved a tall order of success in his career as chef in the Hospitality Industry but also managed to touch the lives of keen learners as a Chef trainer. He believes perfection is attainable and makes sure its at the heart of his cooking, leading him to have a sharp eye for detail. The Kitchen is his home as his comfort with food transcends onto the plate.

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