Spaghetti, tomato, chicken 😋

I started making a marinara sauce which I was contemplating having with some spaghetti or fusilli, but then I spotted some chicken breast in the fridge stupidly tucked behind some yoghurts and, in the words of our favourite Futurama chef Elzar, I knocked it up a notch to make chicken Parm/Milanese.

To be perfectly honest I’m not sure if the two are American versus European terminology or fundamentally different dishes but the same elements are there so I’ll just call this my take on both.

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Two to four cheese mac’n’cheese

I’ve had a real issue at not getting final images of the food because I’ve dived in before I think about it! This one is almost there, just in the need of a little time under the grill to make the top all nice and brown and crispy.

In the recipe below I use two cheeses, but I would use any strong cheese or a mixture of multiple strong cheeses to make this.

Inspiration for this one cane because I wanted to give my pregnant wife a ‘Hawksmoor’ at home with steak and some mac’n’cheese. For the cheese sauce, which I didn’t really know how to do I used a slightly modified version of this BBC Good Food recipe.

Two cheese baked mac’n’cheese (makes enough for 4 decent helpings)

Ingredients

  • 250ml almond milk
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 100g cheese cut into 1cm cubes (I used Parmesan and strong raw cheddar)
  • 5dl macaroni/pasta
  • Breadcrumbs and extra Parmesan
  • Chopped fresh basil or parsley

Method

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then cook pasta per instructions on pack.
  2. Heat butter on medium heat in a sauce pan and when bubbling add flour. Stir to form the roux.
  3. When all combined, add almond milk, paprika and salt/pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil and then add cheese.
  5. Continually stir at low/medium heat until combined and smooth.
  6. Turn on the grill at a high temp.
  7. Place macaroni in the oven proof dish.
  8. Cover with cheese sauce, stir together with fresh chopped basil/parsley.
  9. Top with grated Parmesan and breadcrumbs until a later forms on top.
  10. Spray/drizzle a bit of oil.
  11. Place under the grill till golden brown and crispy.