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!
• 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!