Ultimate Bacon Mac & Cheese
with Parmigiano Reggiano and Honey Mustard Dressed Salad
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(Contains Cereals containing gluten May contain Soya)
Mature Cheddar Cheese
Chicken Stock Paste
Baby Plum Tomatoes
Not included in your delivery
Water for the Sauce
Preheat your grill to high. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with 1/2 tsp salt.
When boiling, add the pasta to the water and bring back to the boil. Cook until tender, 12 mins.
Once cooked, drain in a colander and pop back in the pan. Drizzle with oil and stir through to stop it sticking together.
While the pasta cooks, heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat.
Once hot, add the bacon lardons. Stir-fry until golden, 4-5 mins. IMPORTANT: Wash your hands and equipment after handling raw meat. Cook bacon thoroughly.
Meanwhile, grate the Cheddar cheese.
Once golden, add half the honey to the bacon and stir to coat. Transfer to a medium bowl. TIP: If your honey has hardened, pop it into a bowl of hot water for 1 min.
Pop the frying pan back on medium-high heat. Melt in the butter, then stir in the flour (see pantry for both amounts). Cook until it forms a paste, 1-2 mins - you've made a roux!
Stir in the water for the sauce (see pantry for amount) a little at a time, followed by the creme fraiche and chicken stock paste. Bring to the boil, stir and simmer until thickened, 2-3 mins.
Once thickened, remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the Cheddar and cooked macaroni. Add a splash of water if it's a little thick. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
Transfer the cheesy pasta to an ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the Parmigiano Reggiano. Top with the honeyed bacon.
Grill until golden and melted, 3-5 mins.
Meanwhile, halve the baby plum tomatoes.
In a medium bowl, combine the remaining honey, wholegrain mustard and a drizzle of oil.
Season with salt and pepper, then add the tomatoes.
Just before serving, add the rocket and toss to coat in the dressing.
When ready, share the ultimate bacon mac & cheese between your plates.
Serve the honey mustard salad alongside.