Classic Kiwi Macaroni And Cheese

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Macaroni and cheese, a dish that brings back childhood memories and pure comfort in every cheesy bite. While it might seem simple, there’s an art to crafting the perfect mac and cheese, and here in New Zealand, we’ve got our own twist on this classic. This recipe delivers a rich, creamy sauce that perfectly coats the pasta, with a hint of sharpness for a truly satisfying experience.


Bacon Mac N Cheese / Recipes • Farmland  NZ Family Owned
Bacon Mac N Cheese / Recipes • Farmland NZ Family Owned

500g macaroni pasta (penne, shells, or your favourite shape)

  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1 litre milk (full cream or reduced fat, your choice)
  • 2 cups grated tasty cheese (cheddar, a blend, or whatever melts your heart)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika (optional, for a bit of smokiness)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley (for garnish, optional)
  • Instructions:

    1. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to package instructions until al dente (slightly firm to the bite). Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water (you might need it later).

    2. Make the roux: In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, to form a roux (a paste that thickens the sauce).

    3. Whisk in the milk: Slowly whisk in the milk, a little at a time, until fully incorporated. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes, or until thickened.

    4. Cheese Time! Reduce heat to low and add the grated tasty cheese, parmesan cheese, and Dijon mustard. Stir constantly until the cheese melts and the sauce becomes smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    5. Spice it Up (Optional): If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, sprinkle in the smoked paprika for a touch of smokiness.

    6. The Grand Finale: Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and toss gently to coat evenly. If the sauce seems a bit too thick, add a splash or two of the reserved pasta water to loosen it up.

    7. Serve it Up: Spoon the creamy mac and cheese into serving dishes and garnish with freshly chopped parsley (optional). Devour immediately while it’s hot and bubbly!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 6 servings. Please note that these are just estimates, and the actual nutritional content will vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Calories: Around 500 kcal

  • Fat: Around 30g
  • Saturated Fat: Around 20g
  • Carbohydrates: Around 40g
  • Sugar: Around 5g
  • Protein: Around 20g
  • Sodium: Around 500mg (depending on the cheese used)
  • Conclusion:

    This Kiwi mac and cheese recipe is sure to become a family favourite. It’s easy to make, uses readily available ingredients, and delivers on that ultimate comfort food promise. Feel free to get creative! Add cooked vegetables, chopped bacon, or a sprinkle of breadcrumbs for a crunchy topping.

    Unique FAQs:

    1. Can I use a different type of cheese? Absolutely! Experiment with different cheeses like gruyere, fontina, or even goat cheese for a tangy twist.

    2. My mac and cheese turned out grainy. What went wrong? A couple of things could be at fault. First, make sure you whisk the roux constantly while cooking to prevent lumps. Second, you might have added the cheese too quickly. Always add cheese a handful at a time, allowing it to melt completely before adding more.

    3. Can I make this recipe ahead of time? Yes! Prepare the mac and cheese according to the recipe, then let it cool slightly. Transfer it to a baking dish, cover it tightly with foil, and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.

    4. What can I serve with mac and cheese? Mac and cheese is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with other sides. Try it with a simple green salad, roasted vegetables, or a grilled chicken breast.