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Asparagus Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Bacon Crumble
SERVES: 4, PREP TIME: 15 MINS COOKING TIME: 35 MINS
• 8 rashers streaky bacon • 50g breadcrumbs • 150g Cheddar cheese • 300g macaroni • 40g butter • 40g plain flour • 400ml milk • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 2 bunches British asparagus
Cook the bacon until crisp. Chop into chunks and combine with the breadcrumbs and ¼ of the cheese then set aside. Boil water in a large pan. When boiling vigorously add a pinch of salt and the macaroni. Cook for 9 mins then add the asparagus and cook for a further 2 mins. While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan, sprinkle in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook whilst stirring for a minute then add the milk a little at a time, stirring continuously so it is absorbed into the flour and slowly makes a smooth sauce. If you get any lumps, don’t panic, just beat vigorously with the wooden spoon and they’ll disperse. Stir in the mustard, some black pepper and the remaining cheese. Once the macaroni and asparagus are cooked, drain and return them to the pan. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to coat well. Tip the macaroni into a large oven dish, sprinkle over the breadcrumb mixture and return to the grill for the top to melt and brown. www.britishasparagus.com