Winter Warmers – Mac N Cheese 3 Ways

3 ways to cook a winter favourite; Mac N Cheese! Words & pictures by Kate...




160g Macaroni Pasta

1 Onion (Diced)

2 Cloves of Garlic

1 TBSP Olive Oil

10 Slices of Streaky Bacon (Chopped into1inch pieces)

1x Red Chili (optional)

A Chunk of Chorizo

3 Kale Leaves

2 Sage Leaves

Handful of Breadcrumbs or Plain Crisps


Large Knob of Butter

2 TBSP Plain Flour

400-500ml Milk

Strong Cheddar Cheese

Salt & pepper



  1. Add oil to the pan and soften chopped onions, add garlic and cook through for couple of minutes. Add your Bacon and cook until crisp.
  2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add Macaroni.
  1. In the mean time you can make your cheese sauce, simply add a knob of butter to a pan and let it melt fully, be careful not to burn it! Pop in your flour and cook through for a minute constantly stirring. Once combined add in your milk and keep whisking making sure all the lumps have gone and it starts to thicken. Once thick grate in your cheese and season to taste. I like my sauce very cheesy and use lots of cheese but if you want it subtler it’s entirely up to you how much you add.
  1. Once the Macaroni has cooked, drain and pop into the same pan the Bacon and Onions are in and mix it all together. Pour in the cheese sauce until everything is coated, pop into an ovenproof dish and cover with a scattering of breadcrumbs, bung it under the grill until the breadcrumbs have turned golden brown in colour.
  1. Remove from grill mix in your preferred additions, I’ve chosen Kale and Chorizo but you could add pretty much anything (within reason) making a big dish of basic Mac & Cheese allows you to add in your favorites afterwards, that way everyone your feeding is happy and you’ve got Mac & Cheese 3 Ways! Enjoy!

Are you a Mac N Cheese fan? What are your favourite ways to make it? Will you be trying it with any of these ingredients?


    • Kate-Louise 2nd November 2016 / 6:28 pm

      Thank you lovely,it’s super easy,anyone could make it trust me 🙂 x

  1. Gabrielle 2nd November 2016 / 11:42 am

    Ohhh wow, you’ve got me daydreaming about dinnertime and it isn’t even midday haha. I love the option including kale – what a great idea!

    • Kate-Louise 3rd November 2016 / 9:04 pm

      haha it’s never too early to think about Dinner! The kale is a great addition,tastes so good 🙂 x

  2. Sophie 2nd November 2016 / 12:53 pm

    These look so good! I will definitely be trying one of them at the weekend. Sophie x

    • Kate-Louise 3rd November 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you Sophie 🙂 Let us know how you get on x

    • Kate-Louise 3rd November 2016 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks Josie,The kale goes so well with it,a must try 🙂 x Kate

  3. Gabrielle 9th November 2016 / 6:27 pm

    I haven’t had this dish in so many years, I feel almost nostalgic haha! Your recipe looks utterly delicious and I love the way you’ve displayed this blog post.

    • Kate-louise 16th November 2016 / 12:04 pm

      thanks so much Gabrielle,it’s certainly a golden oldie but never fails as a winter warmer 🙂 x

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