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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is an undoubted hit with the family - A truly indulgent cheesy, flavoursome baked macaroni and cheese. A great opportunity to get the kids to eat more vegetables too!
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  • 40 grams Flora Buttery
  • 100 grams finely chopped leeks
  • 1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 40 grams plain flour
  • 1 pint semi-skimmed milk gently heated
  • 2 Knorr Reduced Salt Vegetable Stock Cube
  • 1 red pepper finely chopped
  • 400 grams grated mature cheddar (or similar vegetarian alternative)
  • 75 grams grated Parmesan (or similar vegetarian alternative)
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 450 grams macaroni
  • 450 grams fresh mixed vegetables (carrots, broccoli or any you have to hand) cut into bite-sized pieces

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Amount per serving

Energy (kcal)

584kcal

Energy (kJ)

2443kJ

Protein (g)

28.0g

Carbohydrate incl. fibre (g)

59.7g

Carbohydrate excl. fibre (g)

55.1g

Sugar (g)

9.0g

Fibre (g)

4.5g

Fat (g)

26.0g

Saturated fat (g)

14.3g

Unsaturated fat (g)

9.9g

Monounsaturated fat (g)

6.1g

Polyunsaturated fat (g)

1.0g

Trans fat (g)

0.1g

Cholesterol (mg)

65mg

Sodium (mg)

846mg

Salt (g)

2.11g

Vitamin A (IU)

1183IU

Vitamin C (mg)

17.0mg

Calcium (mg)

575mg

Iron (mg)

1.41mg

Potassium (mg)

335mg

Total

4676kcal

19543kJ

223.9g

477.2g

441.0g

72.3g

36.2g

208.0g

114.1g

79.5g

48.8g

7.6g

0.7g

517mg

6766mg

16.92g

9463IU

135.7mg

4602mg

11.26mg

2680mg


  • 1 Preheat oven to 220°C, 200°C fan, Gas Mark 7. Grease a medium-sized baking dish.
  • 2 Melt the Flora in large saucepan, add leek and onion and cook until softened, but not coloured.
  • 3 Stir in the flour and keep on gentle heat for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly. Pour in the milk, little by little stirring constantly and add one of the Knorr Reduced Salt Vegetable Stock Cube.
  • 4 Reduce heat to low, then stir in red pepper and grated cheeses. Stir until cheeses are melted and leave on minimum heat, stirring occasionally.
  • 5 Bring a large pan of water for the pasta to a rapid boil. Dissolve the second Knorr Vegetable Stock Cube into the water to season the pasta as it is cooking. Add a little olive oil to stop the macaroni sticking. Add pasta, bring back to the boil then simmer until cooked. Drain and put the pasta water back into saucepan and return to heat, add mixed vegetables and simmer for 5-10 minutes until almost cooked then drain.
  • 6 Stir the drained vegetables and macaroni into the cheese sauce, and turn into the prepared baking dish.
  • 7 Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.