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Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

Cook 30 min 4 servings

A favourite among all ages, homemade macaroni and cheese spells comfort food like no other and requires little effort in the kitchen. Soft taste notes of citrus and roasted nuts create the base of the flavours in our Castello® Mature Cheddar, making it an obvious headliner in our recipe. A perfect mix of mild and sharp notes, this cheese takes the lead and guarantees that you come back for more. Great in flavour, easy in preparation, this Mac and Cheese is the perfect companion at picnics or get-togethers with loved ones. Revel in an ever-expanding development of flavour, enriched by smooth cream and whole milk. When cravings for feel-good food has your longing for the best homemade Mac and Cheese, let this recipe be your first choice.

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Cook the macaroni pasta according to the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente. In a saucepan add milk and cream and bring to a boil. Season with whole grain mustard, freshly ground pepper and salt. Grate Castello® Mature Cheddar and mix with corn starch. Turn the hob down to a medium heat and stir in grated mature cheddar with the corn starch, ensuring that you’re continually stirring the mixture until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth. Drain the macaroni and add to the cheese sauce. Carefully stir for 3-4 minutes until the macaroni is covered with sauce. Season with nutmeg and serve straight away.

The right combination

Concentrated aromas of lemon and butter from the cheese, combined with the rich cream and milk, provide incredible depth of flavour to the sauce and offers a silky-smooth finish. Using our recipe, getting the sauce perfectly creamy requires almost no effort and is sure to impress family and friends alike. Staying away from the frozen section has never been easier with this incredible Mac and Cheese recipe.

Picking the right cheese

With the cheese having such an important role, picking the wrong kind runs the risk of you ending up with a plain and unappealing result. Finding a cheese with distinct bite is key to achieving the iconic macaroni and cheese taste. For perfectly balanced texture and taste, we chose our Castello® Mature Cheddar for our recipe. This aged cheese stands in perfect contrast to the cream and milk and provides a zesty kick, while most other cheeses would risk being drowned out. The crumbly consistency caused by naturally formed salt crystals, means that it melts evenly and easily. To finish, the wholegrain mustard helps bind it all together, and delivers an added bite of heat and piquancy.

The perfect pairing

Just as pairing ingredients that taste great together when cooking, the same thinking can be applied when choosing what you want to drink. Being fussy, when deciding what you want to couple your food with, might seem dramatic, but it really does make a big difference in how you perceive the flavours. In the case of both wine and beer, the dominant flavour of the dish should always be catered to. Personal preference ultimately decides which wine you should pick, but going for one that compliments the cheese, brings the entire experience to a new level. A Cabernet Sauvignon delivers full bodied and strong aromas, while a Pinot Noir makes for a more delicate experience. Both are great with our Mac and Cheese, and sit well with the sharp finish of our Castello® Mature Cheddar. Opting for beer, means that you should be looking for ones with fruitfulness, acidity and mild bitterness, i.e. Pale Ales, Nut Browns, etc. Few recipes require the same low effort in the kitchen and deliver such depth of flavour in return. Both reasons have made macaroni and cheese a favourite among parents and children for centuries and it can be enjoyed as is or with a twist. Straightforward in preparation, it can be laid-back or sophisticated. No matter the iteration, homemade macaroni and cheese is bona fide comfort food.

Tips & Tricks

Prized universally for its great versatility, macaroni and cheese has become an essential menu item in renowned restaurants across the globe and many iterations has spawned as a result. We here at Castello® are obsessed with macaroni and cheese, and our many recipes are sure to fulfil your hankerings for melted cheese. For luncheons and picnics, bring our Crockpot Mac and Cheese for easy and stress free transportation, and whip up our Lobster Mac and Cheese when you want to dazzle and impress your guests with something special. The tongue-tickling Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese delights in both warmth and savour, while our Butternut Mac and Cheese, laced with an unyielding sweetness, is an obvious choice for evenings that need sweetening. Trying them all is as easy as ever with our easy to follow recipes.