Did you know there is a National Comfort Food Day?
Well there is and it’s amazing. It’s in conjunction with The Coffee Club and it’s basically an excuse to consume calories in your pyjamas. These are all things that I like to do.
So when I sat down to think about my comfort food, I had to think back to my childhood when my mom would make us mac and cheese. By us I mean her and me. My dad hates pasta and I don’t have any siblings so my mom and I would make mac and cheese together and then eat it straight out of the pot.
For Comfort Food Day, I decided that mac and cheese would be perfect.
Of course, in this day and age, as food bloggers we cannot just make something the way it should be made. We have become scientists, we have become inventors and made creators. We mix and change and develop. Which is how I ended up with a Crispy Topped Mac and Cheese Bake.
Don’t wee yourself just yet.
I didn’t use macaroni elbows for this but you are welcome to do so, I just didn’t have any in the pantry. I made my standard mac and cheese with bacon, then I popped it in a dish, topped it with chips and baked it. BOOM! Suddenly it’s more than just mac and cheese. Suddenly you don’t need a hug, you just need a bowl of this stuff in your life. Close the door, give yourself a moment alone. It’s perfectly ok to drool on your keyboard and cheering is encouraged.
Let me tell you how I did it.
500g Dry Pasta (shape is up to you)
3TBsp Butter or Marg
1 Onion diced
1tsp Wholegrain Mustard
5 Rashers of Bacon
Salt and Pepper
3TBsp Plain Flour
300g Grated Cheese
1// Dice your onion, cut your bacon into small pieces and grate your cheese. Pop your pasta on to boil while you make your cheese sauce.
2// Pop your butter and mustard into a large pot. Allow the butter to melt and then add your onions and bacon.
3// Let let the onions sweat and the bacon cook and when it looks golden and tasty, add your flour and stir it into the mixture.
4// You’ll want to let the mixture cook for a bit. We’re going to let the yellow deepen to a gold. This will cook out your flour and make your cheese sauce taste like heaven in a bowl.
5// Slowly add your milk and stir consistently. Add milk as you go along and the sauce gets thicker.
6// Add your cheese and continue to stir as it melts. The sauce will get much thicker very quickly so you can add a bit more milk to get your desired consistency.
7// Add salt and pepper to taste.
8// Drain your pasta and pop it into the pot with the cheese sauce. Stir it in until all of your pasta is covered in sauce.
400g Chips of your choice
200g Grated Cheese
1// I used smokey bacon flavoured chips but you can use any flavour you like. Sour Cream and Chives is always popular or even Doritos for a corn flavour instead. You can crush the chips as fine or as chunky as you’d like. I only crushed mine a bit because I like the different texture on top.
2// Pour your mac and cheese into a baking dish, top with your chips and then sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.