25 Jan

Cheeky Macaroni Cheese with Basil & Garlic

Cheeky Macaroni Cheese with Basil & Garlic

Serves 5
Prep time 8 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 28 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Portion Size 200g
Nutrition Per Portion
Calories Sugar Fat Saturates Salt
232 2.1g 6.4g 3.9g 0.74g
Serves: 5 People
Calories: 232
Time: 30 mins


  • 200g Macaroni raw
  • 300ml Water
  • 2 tablespoons Basil chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves crushed and chopped
  • 1 pinch Salt

The Sauce

  • 600ml semi skimmed milk
  • 30g Flour plain
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard
  • 2 pinches Nutmeg
  • 125g Cheeky Cow Half Fat Cheese grated


Advanced Prep
1 Pre heat an oven to 200ºC (400ºF) gas 6 or a hot grill. Warm the serving dishes.
2 Gently simmer 200g of raw macaroni, the basil and garlic in 300 ml of water until the pasta is cooked and has absorbed the water. This will produce 500g cooked pasta by weight.
3 Pour into a large basin, cover with cling film, set aside and keep warm.
The Sauce
4 Place the flour in a sauce pan, slowly add a little of the milk and whisk until very smooth. Add the remaining milk, bring to the boil, whisking continuously and simmer until the liquid becomes a thick smooth sauce, continue to simmer gently for a further 10 minutes to cook out the flour and whisking occasionally to keep smooth and prevent lumping and sticking.
5 Add the nutmeg and mustard, and three quarters of the cheese and whisk in until smooth.
6 Pour the sauce into the cooked pasta and place into the gratin/pie dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and melt under a grill until bubbling and starting to brown or in a hot pre-heated oven for 10 - 15 minutes.


Heavy bottomed saucepan x 2, cheese grater, spatula, whisk, large gratin dish, cling film.

Cheeky Service Hint:
Garnish with a little chopped parsley. Serve with green salad and crusty bread.

Cheeky Handy Hint:
Most types of pasta shapes can be used as an alternative to macaroni. No need to wash rinse off cooked macaroni as this will cause a loss of nutrients and flavour.

Cheeky Healthy Hint:
Cheeky Cow Half Fat Mature Cheese has 50% less fat and saturated fat than mature cheddar, 36% less calories and 19% more protein and 13% more calcium.

Basil Is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium and is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin and Niacin, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.