Crisp-topped mac ’n’ cheese with tomatoes & green beans
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Crisp-topped mac ’n’ cheese with tomatoes & green beans

A family favourite with the tasty addition of an extra crispy, crunchy topping.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook25 mins
  • Total time40 mins
  • Plusinfusing

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  • 600ml Essential Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • ½ small Essential Onion (or the top of an Essential Leek, washed)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A few black peppercorns
  • 50g Essential Unsalted Butter
  • 50g Essential Plain Flour
  • 175g Essential Mature Grated British Cheddar
  • 1 tsp Essential English Mustard, or to taste
  • 300g Essential macaroni
  • 1 tbsp Essential Olive Oil
  • 250g Essential Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 25g Essential Ready Salted Crisps
  • 240g Essential Round Beans


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Put the milk in a saucepan with the onion or leek top, bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring to just below boiling then set aside for 15 minutes to infuse. Strain the milk into a jug

  2. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat. Add the flour, stir to create a paste and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take off the heat and beat the milk into the pan in 4 additions, beating after each one until smooth. Return to the heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring often, until thickened. Take off the heat and add 150g Cheddar and the mustard. Season to make a well-flavoured sauce, then set aside.

  3. Cook the macaroni according to pack instructions, until almost done. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and add the tomatoes. Season and cook over a high heat for about 5 minutes, until starting to caramelise. Drain the pasta, combine it with the cheese sauce, then gently fold in the tomatoes and their juices.

  4. Transfer to a large oven dish. Roughly crush the crisps in the bag, then open and combine with the remaining 25g cheese. Scatter over the pasta. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bubbling and golden on top. Cook the green beans according to pack instructions and serve alongside.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


3,047kJ/ 728kcals



Saturated Fat












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