Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Homemade Macaroni Cheese

One day at work, I just had this craving for a nice big bowl of macaroni cheese. I thought it would not be too hard to make, hence I went Google'ing' for the recipe.

I came across three almost completely different recipes (apart from the macaroni) and did not know which to choose!

There was BBC's, Nigella Lawson's and Jamie Oliver's recipe.

Votes were cast and Jamie's recipe won right out!

It was because he added a tiny twist to the classical "old-school frumpy Anglicized dish of macaroni cheese" by using four different types of cheese! 

So off I went to the supermarket to get the ingredients. Instead of Fontina or Taleggio cheese as suggested in the recipe, I got Cheddar simply because the other two were not available. I also added another ingredient to the dish for some protein - ham.

Recipe taken from Jamie Oliver's website.


• 500g/1lb 2oz good-quality macaroni
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• a knob of buttera small bunch of fresh marjoram or oregano, leaves picked
• 100g/3½oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, plus extra for grating
• 100g/3½oz fontina or taleggio cheese, roughly torn
• 100g/3½oz mascarpone cheese
• ¼ of a nutmega
 small ball of buffalo mozzarella cheese

  • Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. 
  • Cook the macaroni in a pan of salted boiling water 2 minutes short of the timing on the packet instructions, then drain in a colander and reserve a little of the cooking water. 
  • Heat the butter in a large heavy-based frying pan. When it starts to foam, add the marjoram or oregano and fry for a minute until it starts to crisp up, then turn off the heat. 
  • Add your cooked pasta to the marjoram or oregano butter, along with a couple of spoonfuls of the reserved cooking water and the Parmesan, fontina or taleggio and mascarpone. 
  • Return to a medium heat and toss and stir around until most of the cheese has melted and you have a lovely gooey sauce – you may need to add a little more of the reserved cooking water. 
  • Season to taste, then tip it all into an earthenware dish. Grate over the nutmeg, tear over the mozzarella and sprinkle over the extra Parmesan. 
  • Bake the macaroni cheese in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, finishing up with a quick whack under the grill, until golden brown and crispy on top.

And the result is......

Macaroni Cheese in oven-proof dish

Nice golden brown and crispy top that looks very inviting!

Plate of Macaroni Cheese with Peas

The Macaroni Cheese tastes amazing with all the different flavours coming from the four cheeses. Nice and 'gooey' but I thought it would have been nicer if it was a little bit MORE 'gooey' by adding a little bit more of the reserved cooking water.

I like Jamie's 'rustic and flavour-filled' take in his recipes! Yum Yum!


  1. I love Mac 'n Cheese. I think I might have it for dinner tonight. I need warming up.

  2. Gosh, I haven't had macaroni cheese in years. I pretty much grew up on it though and am now feeling all nostalgic. Really like the idea of using four cheeses to make it a bit more interesting.