Does this even need an intro? Mac ‘n Cheese – comfort food, ooey-gooey cheesey deliciousness that has the capacity to make us feel warm and happy (unless of course you’re lactose intolerant…) and now in bite-size form! My girlfriends and I have this little food philosophy….a “foodosophy” if you will, and that is “if it’s mini, it doesn’t count”. Now this foodosophy stretches to other mini mantras which I’m sure will come up at later dates. But in the meantime, mini Mac ‘n Cheese bites!
Makes 5 “bites”
What you need:
- 3-4 handfuls of elbow macaroni (other pastas would work too , but not the noodle kind)
- Small knob of butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 3-4 handfuls of grated cheddar
- 1 handful grated parmesan
- Salt & Pepper
- In a saucepan, cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking, in another saucepan, melt the butter.
- Add the flour and paprika to the melted butter to make a roux.
- Once the roux is formed, add the cheddar and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain and run under cold water to prevent further cooking.
- Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and mix gently.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F), using a bit of butter, grease a muffin/cupcake tray.
- Carefully spoon the pasta mix into the muffin cups.
- Bake for 15-20 mins until the pasta starts to brown on the top.
Mac ‘n Cheese is so versatile, think of this recipe as a canvas – add whatever you want; sprinkle chopped jalapenos and red chillies for a spicy kick, add some pancetta and mushrooms to have a “breakfast”-bite feel, add crab or lobster for serious deliciousness, add truffle paste for pure indulgence!
What would you add to these yummy Mac ‘n Cheese bites?