Macaroni and Cheese with crispy bacon

For years we couldn’t get Macaroni pasta shapes in the Irish Supermarket. So I always Made my Macaroni and Cheese with pasta shells, overall it had the same great taste. But now that they, re, available in the local budget supermarket, I’m playing homage to the way it was meant to be made!

Exactly what “Yankee doodle “called his feather in his hat. Macaroni!!!

This recipe is another one of my go-to recipes when I have a house full of kids and want to give them something that I know they will all eat. Don’t let the white sauce frighten you off, when you use warm milk and by adding it slowly, quarter pint by quarter pint there is less chance of lumps..  I bet if you check the kitchen right now you have all the ingredients already in (ok maybe not the nutmeg That’s  it,s optional)

(serves a family of 4)

Ingredients

  • 300 g macaroni pasta
  • 6 slices of you favourite bacon
  • 1 tablespoon of butter/ margarine
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 pint of warm milk
  • 150g of cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)
  • (veggies you can add if you wish, peas, sweet corn, fried onion and mushroom all optional)

Method

chop the fat of the bacon and fry separately in a small pan until crispy and leave to one side.

cook pasta according to packet

warm your milk, (a minute in the microwave will do)

over a medium heat melt the butter,

when melted add your flour and mix with a whisk.

when both is combined, slowly add your warm milk, quarter pint mix, quarter pint mix until you have a white sauce. (if you do end up with any lumps just sift the sauce into another saucepan, I won’t tell anyone 😉 )

add in the grated cheddar and mix  until all the cheese is melted

finally, add your nutmeg and bacon and macaroni, Mix and serve

So that’s it the ultimate in comfort food and an American classic, Enjoy x

 

 

 

 

Sausage Casserole

Winter has arrived with a bang, with no warning. Comfort sausage-casserole-5food season has landed, warming stews and casseroles that give you a hug with every bite on a cold day. (I love snuggling in on a winter evening)  This Sausage casserole has been a staple in our house for years.  I’ve been on the look out for a  healthier tastier sausage (before I shared it with you guys). It took me a while but I found them this week in the shape of the little good company sausages which are now sold in Dunnes stores in Ireland, (they have been around the Uk for a while)

This sausage casserole is super easy to cook, packs a flavour punch and is  a family favourite in One Yummy Mummy hq.. we serve it piled high on top of rice and never have any leftovers to freeze,,, (plates are licked ) no shame

Get in touch .. I can’t wait to hear how you guys get on with this one x

Ingredients

  • 12 good little sausages (or your favourite sausages )
  • 1 onion
  • one garlic glove
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 1 carton of passata

Serves a family of 4 sausage-casserole-1

Method

Pre-heat oven  180c gas mark 4 you will need a deep frying pan (or a wok) and a casserole dish

Chop your sausages and veggies into bite size chunks

crush the garlic clove

heat a pan on a medium heat with a teaspoon of olive oil.. fry up the sausages for around 10 mins getting a bit of colour on them and scoop with a slotted spoon and leave to one side

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now add the veggies and Garlic soften for 10 mins  chuck back in the sausages and the paprika and mix

pour on  passata and add a tablespoon of tomato puree and give a good mix…

transfer the whole lot to a casserole dish and cook in the oven for 50 mins sausage-casserole-3

serve with rice… and try to share with the kids x