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The quickest and easiest one pot mac and cheese around

Fancy Mac and Cheese


  • 100 grams pancetta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 250 grams plain cottage cheese

  • 250 grams ricotta cheese

  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

  • Generous grating of nutmeg

  • 500 grams extra-mature cheddar, grated

  • 100 grams parmesan, grated

  • 1 litre full-fat milk

  • 450 grams dried macaroni


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. heat a large fry pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and pancetta, fry until browned and crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the cottage cheese, ricotta, Dijon, cayenne, nutmeg and a good seasoning. Tip into a large bowl and add the cheddar, parmesan and milk, stirring to combine.

  3. Mix through the dried macaroni then tip into a large ovenproof dish. Top with the crispy pancetta and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, baking another 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.

Fancy Mac and Cheese




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