Mac & Cheese

A cheesy pasta family favourite



Prep time

10 minutes

Cook time

40 minutes

This dish is a classic worldwide and is especially popular in the Caribbean where it is often served with a roast. This recipe will also teach you how to make a basic roux sauce.


500g macaroni
50g butter
30g flour
400-600ml milk
300g cheddar cheese, grated
1 onion, diced
4 tbsps dried breadcrumbs
salt, to taste


  1. Preheat an oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
  2. Place the macaroni in a pan, fill with boiling water and bring to the boil. Add a little salt and cook for ten minutes or until cooked.
  3. While you wait for the pasta, melt 20g butter in a large pan over a medium heat. Once melted add the onions with a pinch of salt and cook until soft.
  4. Once the pasta and the onions have cooked, strain the pasta and combine with the onions in a baking tray and set to one side.
  5. Now for the sauce. Return to the pan you cooked the onions in and melt the rest of the butter over a low heat.
  6. Once the butter has melted, add the flour bit by bit, mixing all the time to ensure that no clumps remain. A flat spatula works well as a mixing tool to prevent any of the mix sticking to the pan.
  7. Once all the flour has been added, start pouring in the milk a little bit at a time and mix together. Continue this process until you have created a sauce of enough volume to cover all your pasta to the consistency of your liking.
  8. Now add your cheese, a handful at a time, until it has all melted. Pour this over the pasta and mix evenly.

  9. Sprinkle the pasta with breadcrumbs and cover with tin foil. Place in the oven for 10 minutes.

  10. To finish, remove the tin foil and place under the grill for two minute at a medium high heat.

Chef’s tips

Mac and cheese makes a great base for all sorts of flavours and your own ingredients, especially herbs and spices. Why not see what you come up with!


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