Macaroni and cheese consist of 2 main ingredients as per its name. However, the type is up to your preference: pasta and cheese. In my version I went for my favourite Farfalle Pasta shape and matured Gouda Cheese. You can use any kind of hard cheese of your liking that melts well: Cheddar, Parmesan, Pecorino, Old Amsterdam, Edam, Kashkaval, etc. Add a little bit of spice and serve with seasoned green salad. Nothing else, nothing more. Perfection!
Cheesy Pasta is suitable for kids from the age of 2. Easy on spice, offer a smaller portion on lunch or dinner and enjoy!
Total Time: 15 minutes
2 portions of Farfalle pasta/macaroni
400ml of milk
A pinch of sea salt, ground black pepper, nutmeg and cayenne pepper
100g of matured Gouda Cheese/Cheddar
4 handfuls of Rocket Salad, washed and drained
A pinch of Kosher salt and ground black pepper
A splash of Balsamic Vinegar and good quality olive oil
Heat up the milk in a medium ovenproof non sticking casserole to a boiling point.
Next, add pasta, salt, peppers and nutmeg.
Cook for about 8 minutes, depending on the type of your pasta, up to 1 minute before al dente!
Then, take off the heat and stir in the cheese. Add pinch of cayenne pepper on top and bake in the oven for about 2 more minutes until it thickens nicely.
Meanwhile the pasta is cooking, prepare the salad. Season with salt and pepper, flavour up with a splash of vinegar and olive oil. Mix and taste. Set aside.
Once the pasta is ready, serve the cheesy pasta immediately with a glass of full-flavoured red wine and Rocket Salad on side. Bon appetit!
Makes 2 serves.