Jason Roberts' Potted Mac and Cheese

Personal Mac and Cheese

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

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  • 3 Cups milk
  • 1 small onion, peeled and stuck with 6 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp plain flour, sifted
  • salt
  • freshly ground white pepper
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 Lb macaroni elbows, cooked
  • 2 slices bacon, diced and lightly fried
  • 1 Tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 Lb fresh ricotta
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1/4 cup)
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • Cooking Directions

    Bring the milk, onion and bay leaf slowly to the boil, set aside to infuse for a moment.

    Over a gentle heat melt the butter. Add the flour, stirring thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

    Cook for approximately 3 minutes stirring constantly then remove from heat and set aside.

    Remove the onion from the milk and retain. Whisk all the hot milk over the roux then continue stirring until the sauce boils and thickens. Return the onion to the sauce.

    Season with salt, white pepper and nutmeg and cover the surface with parchment or baking paper then simmer VERY slowly for 20 -25 minutes.

    Remove onion, and add in tomato paste, whisk till thoroughly incorporated, allow to cool

    Meanwhile take your individual pie dishes and invert over rolled puff pastry, cutting a lid for each potted pie,

    Mix gently the chopped rosemary, bacon and pasta through the cooled sauce, crumble over the fresh ricotta and fold through gently.

    Take your individual pots and fill almost to the top, then scatter with a little parmesan cheese.

    Secure each piece of puff pastry to a potted pie with a little egg wash. Egg wash the top of each pie topping.

    Place into a pre heated oven of 200'C/430'F for around 12- 15 minutes, or until well risen and golden

    Serve with a little side salad.

    Recipe courtesy The Chew.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: ricotta, milk, onion, bacon

    Course: Snack

    More Info: Kid Friendly

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