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Mac and Cheese with a spicy kick

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The ultimate comfort food for me is a good Mac and Cheese and turns out I never made one myself before! So here is my (slightly) spicy version.

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Ingredients

  • 200 gr pasta to choice
  • 100 gr grated cheese (I used a cheese that wasn't very old
  • but I will go for a more mature cheese next time)
  • 25 gr blue cheese (I used Danish blue)
  • 45 gram butter
  • 2-3 tbsp of flour
  • 1/2 tl ground chili
  • 1/2 tl fresh thyme
  • chopped
  • 100 gr green peas
  • 400 ml milk
  • 25 gram hazelnuts
  • chopped
  • 20 gram butter
  • melted
  • 2 tbsp panko
  • pepper
  • salt

Details

Servings 2
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 12mins
Cooking time 25mins
Cost Average budget

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 200 C and cook the pasta according to package instructions
Make a cheese sauce by melting the 45 grams of butter into a small saucepan and add the flour to it and keep stirring. Bake it for a little bit so the flour is cooked properly.
Add the milk little by little and keep stirring in between so the milk gets incorporated well. You will end up with a thick sauce and you might need a little less milk or a little more milk. Just keep an eye on things and if you think it has the right consistency stop adding milk. It will be a bit like yogurt in thickness.
Remove from the heat and add the chili, the grated cheese, the blue cheese (crumbled), the peas and the fresh thyme.
In a separate bowl put the panko together with the 20 grams of melted butter and the chopped hazelnuts and mix it together.
Add the cheese sauce to the drained pasta and stir until it is mixed well. Put into a ovendish and top with your panko mixture.
Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until golden

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