Cheeseboard Mac & Cheese

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Serves: 4


  • 350g of your chosen pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed 
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper (optional) 
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 250g mix of cheeses you have left over, plus a little extra cheddar or parmesan for the topping


Step 1: Start by cooking your pasta according to the instructions, then drain and set aside. 

Step 2: In a saucepan, melt the butter and then add the garlic and cook for a minute until softened. Now add the mustard powder and cayenne pepper and cook for further minute.

Step 3: Add the flour to the pan and stir to make a paste, cooking for about 1 minute, or until the mix starts to bubble a little. Remove from the heat and then gradually pour in the milk, whisking with every addition to avoid the sauce getting lumpy. Return to the heat and cook for 5 minutes until thickened, before adding your cheeses and stirring until melted. Finally fold in your cooked pasta. 

Step 4: Now heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip the pasta mix into a baking dish, and top with extra grated cheese, we like to use cheddar or parmesan (or even a mix of both!).

Step 5: Bake for around 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 

Recipe inspired by BBC Good Food


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