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White sauce is one of those classic kitchen recipes you need to know how to make .
It's perfect for lasagnas .
You can do chicken pot pies .
You can even make a Mac and cheese , and that's exactly what I'm gonna do .
It is ultimate satisfaction , and it is seriously a guilty pleasure .
But it's very easy to make .
It starts off in a pan with some Kerry gold butter .
Now this Mac and cheese is going to be done three ways .
I have a few flavour variations , but it all starts with this essential white sauce .
My butter is now bubbling , so dump in some plain flour and just mix that through .
We're gonna cook out that flour just until it starts smelling like cooked pastry .
This smells just about right , and it's nicely mixed through .
It's evenly combined , so now we're gonna stir in some milk and just give it all a good whisk through , and I'm gonna simmer this away until it thickens up just to the consistency I'm after .
This is simmering away nicely now , and just to ensure I have no lumps , get in there with a whisk and give it a last whisk just until it's nicely combined .
It's a nice , smooth sauce , and at this point it is time to go in there with a touch of flavour .
So just grate in a little pinch of nutmeg to bump up the flavour and that savoury almond .
I'm going in there with some whole grain mustard and a good seasoning of salt and pepper .
And now we have a white sauce to be proud of .
Give it a last quick through , so we're good to go .
I have some macaroni that has been cooked off .
You do want to go in here with that classic macaroni shape , but if you can't get your hands on that penny pasta will do so tumble that all in there give the whole pot a good mix up .
It's time for some cheese .
I have a combination of cheddar cheese , and I also have some Parmesan cheese .
It's a nice kind of contrast of saltiness and rich Tagi .
So give that a final mix through .
Even if the cheese doesn't melt down completely .
Remember , it's going into the oven , so it's going to melt down , be stringy and gooey and cheesy and all the things you want it to be .
So this is looking good .
We're now going to transfer this into some individual little pie dishes or whatever individual serving dishes you can get your hands on .
You want to take good , generous spoonfuls of this mixture and just pile it in here .
Once you have it in here , it's time to talk flavours .
I'm gonna do one classic .
So this is the one that doesn't need any extra flavour .
Bar that beautiful Mac and cheese .
These ones are gonna have a combination of chorizo and paprika , and the other one is gonna have basil and bacon with these little individual serving dishes .
Or even if you're doing this in one giant serving dish , make sure that you butter the sides .
It will just allow you to get this out easily when it comes out of the oven , and it also makes your washing up a little bit easier tumble your bacon and basil on top of this one .
The other one's gonna have some chorizo and some paprika and then just fold it all through .
And it's oven bacon time .
These beautiful little Mac and cheese are now ready to go into the oven .
They're going in at 400 °F .
That's 200 °C , and they're gonna cook off for about 25 minutes until you have a nice bubbling golden crust on the top .
This is what I'm talking about .
Sizzling golden , creamy Mac and cheese .
I am going to have to dive in and try some .
This looks so good and you've got three different variations .
It's creamy , it's delicious , and it's crispy .
It's hard , but it is all of those things .
It's got that peppiness of that mustard in the creamy white sauce .
It's really buttery and rich , and it's got that crunchiness over the top .
I can only imagine if that is the classic .
I've just tasted what that chorizo and paprika is gonna taste like .
And the bacon and basil let me know in the comments below which one you will be trying to make and , of course , subscribe to this channel for lots more delicious recipes .
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