It’s been a while since I last posted a recipe, and this is a household favourite, to the point that I haven’t thought to include it till now because everyone has a Macaroni Cheese recipe, this is mine.
To an extent it could be considered healthy because it uses cottage cheese for part of the recipe, I have adapted this from a Slimming World recipe I found online.
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4)
300g Macaroni (but you won’t explode if you use another pasta)
a 200g-300g tub of cottage cheese, use a basics own brand unflavoured one.
300ml Vegetable stock made up to your desired flavour intensity.
130-200g cheddar. You will be fine with 130g but I have been known to go up to 200g.
TART ME UP OPTIONS
Herbs: Chives, Oregano, Italian Seasoning and Paprika were all added to mine, but do what you like. Don’t worry if they are out of date, it really won’t matter, they just might not be as strong.
A 125g packet of Mozzarella, cut into little strips.
Secret Jillett family addition. When my Dad first started cooking for us after my mum left he was known to add a crumbled pack of crisps to the top of a cheesy pasta dish. Don’t knock it till you try it. But be warned, it may catch fire under a grill. That was an interesting day in the Jillett household.
Put the pasta on to cook.
Make up the stock, add the cottage cheese and give it a wee stir.
Grate your cheddar.
Preheat the oven. I’ll be honest, I rarely do temperatures on my oven and instead cook everything on Gas Mark 7. I AM AN ANIMAL. You are not. Gas mark 5-7 will cook it fine.
When the pasta is done drain it and over a very low heat add the stock/cottage cheese mix, add the two beaten eggs, and about half the grated cheese.
You may find the mixture splits, this is purely bad aesthetically and will have no negative bearing on the dinner. It will still be lush and yums.
Add the cheesy, eggy pasta mix to a nice big dish and add your tart me up additions if you are doing so (in the picture I have used all of them), if not just add the other half of your grated cheese.
Cook for about 25 minutes until it is as crispy as you like.
Dance around the kitchen to Absolute 80s. If you are not doing this when cooking then you are living wrong.