Sprout Mac ‘n’ Cheese


An indulgent way of using up this festive veggie

  • 250g macaroni
  • 300g trimmed baby sprouts
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 80g pancetta
  • 40g plain flour
  • 600ml whole milk, warmed
  • 100g extra mature cheddar, grated
  • 100g gruyère, grated
  • Preheat the oven to 200˚C/Fan 180˚C/Gas 6. Cook the macaroni in boiling salted water for 4 minutes, then add the sprouts and cook for a further 4 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Drain well and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan and cook the pancetta for 5 minutes, until crisp and golden, then remove with a slotted spoon (leaving the fat behind) and set aside. Stir the flour into the fat and cook for 2 minutes, then gradually stir in the milk to form a smooth sauce. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and stir in ⅔ of the grated cheeses.
  • Stir the macaroni, sprouts and pancetta into the cheese sauce. Season, spoon into an ovenproof dish and scatter over the remaining cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden and bubbling.
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