Mac & Cheese with brussels sprouts and bacon
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Macaroni & Cheese with brussels sprouts and bacon

This is a great way to use up left-over roasted brussels sprouts. Combine them with bacon in a creamy sauce and bake with macaroni until crisp and golden.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

for the cheese sauce

  • 100 g butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 litre milk heated with 1 bay leaf 5 black peppercorns and a garlic clove
  • 150 g mature cheddar cheese grated
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

for the mac & cheese

  • 500 g macaroni cooked
  • 2-3 cups roasted brussels sprouts
  • 1 packet bacon chopped and fried
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese for the topping

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan then whisk in the flour.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk and allow to simmer gently for 10 minutes until thick and glossy.
  • Add the cheese and remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Season with salt & pepper and add the nutmeg.
  • Combine the cooked pasta with the sauce then mix in the brussels sprouts and bacon.
  • Transfer the pasta to a casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese then place in the oven.
  • Allow to bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes then serve.