Baked macaroni cheese with tomatoes everyone.

Baked macaroni cheese with tomatoes
This recipe turns what is often a high-fat
family favourite into a healthier option for
Serves: 4 adults
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 35 mins
300g macaroni
50g low-fat spread
1 small onion finely chopped
50g plain flour
600ml semi-skimmed milk
100g reduced fat mature Cheddar cheese grated
1 tsp English mustard
1 pinch ground black pepper
2 tomatoes sliced
What to do:
1. Preheat the oven to 190°, fan 170°C, gas mark 5.
2. Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan of boiling water for 8-10 minutes, or according to the instructions
on the packet, until tender.
3. Meanwhile, melt the low-fat spread in a large saucepan and cook the onion for 3-4 minutes until
softened, but not brown. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour. Return to the heat and cook gently for
about 1 minute, stirring, until the mixture has a texture like sand.
4. Remove from the heat and add the milk a little at a time, stirring well to mix together. Then return to the
heat, stirring all the time, until the sauce is thick and smooth. At this point, remove from the heat and add
about two-thirds of the cheese and the mustard. Season with pepper.
5. Drain the cooked pasta well and return it to the saucepan. Stir in the hot cheese sauce. Tip the mixture
into a baking dish which can hold about 1.2 litres, or use individual serving dishes. Top with the sliced
tomatoes and sprinkle the left-over cheese on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until piping hot, then serve.
Tip 1: Use tubes of pasta instead of macaroni. Take care not to overcook it - it needs to keep a little 'bite'.
Tip 2: Instead of tomatoes you could use a layer of sliced leeks, courgettes and peppers, lightly cooked in
boiling water to soften them.
This recipe has been taken from the Change4Life 'Supermeals for under a fiver' cookbook
Baked macaroni cheese with tomatoes
Nutritional information:
Per adult portion (i.e. 1/4 recipe)
2098kJ / 502kcals
25g protein
13g fat of which 4g saturates
76.5carbohydrate of which 12g sugars
3g dietary fibre
330mg sodium