Tex-Mex macaroni cheese

4
60 minutes

Ingredients

Chilli cheese sauce

  • 600ml of whole milk
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 30g of butter
  • 30g of plain flour
  • 200g of mature cheddar, grated
  • 150g of Emmental, grated
  • 1 tbsp of English mustard
  • 2 tbsp of Mexican Smokey Jalapeno Sauce

To assemble

  • 150g of bacon lardons
  • 500g of macaroni pasta
  • 150g of breadcrumbs
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil, for frying

Method

1
Add the milk, sliced onion and bay leaf to a large pan and bring up to gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 10 minutes before straining through a sieve into a jug then set aside
2
Add a splash of oil to a frying pan and place over a medium heat. Gently fry the bacon lardons until cooked through but not crispy. Tip on to a plate and set aside
3
In another large saucepan bring plenty of water up to the boil and add the macaroni. Turn down the heat a touch and cook the pasta for 10 minutes, or as per the packet instructions
4
While the pasta is cooking, add the butter for the sauce to a pan and melt down over a medium heat. Whisk in the flour to form a roux and cook out for 1–2 minutes before gradually adding the infused milk, whisking continuously to create a smooth, thick sauce
5
Stir in the mustard and both grated cheeses, followed by the Mexican jalapeno sauce
6
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
7
Drain the cooked pasta through a colander and mix into the cheese sauce, breaking up any clumps that stick together. Stir in the bacon lardons and adjust the seasoning to taste
8
Transfer to a large casserole or baking dish and scatter over the breadcrumbs. Bake for 25–30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the top is golden and crisp