There’s a great competition over at The Co-operative Electrical at the moment where you can win money to spend with them just by sharing your favourite Winter recipe. The first prize is £750 to spend online with them and there’s a runner up prize of £250 to spend with them – just think of all the gadgets you can treat yourself too with that!
I’ve been asked to be one of the judges along with Becky from Baby Budgeting and Jac from Tinned Tomatoes so I won’t be entering myself but I did want to share with you our current favourite Winter warmer meal….
Master Frugal has always been a really fussy eater (although he’s now getting better with age thankfully) so meal planning has been slightly difficult in the past and there’s been many a time where I’ve cooked something separate for him but one thing that I’ve always been able to cook for us all to eat is macaroni cheese. It’s the first thing that everyone requests each week and there are NEVER any leftovers.
Recently I started experimenting with the recipe to try and get some veggies incorporated into it and that worked well so I added a bit of bacon and surprisingly that also went well. So our new favourite recipe is a twist on macaroni cheese!
To make twisted macaroni cheese, you need:
400g (ish) pasta.
50g Plain flour
200g Grated Cheese
1 – 2 Brocolli florets (is that what they’re called?)
6 slices of bacon
- Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet and in another pan, cook the brocolli. You could also put the bacon on to cook at this point – for this recipe I grill it until it’s crispy but you can have it however you prefer.
- While that’s all cooking away, melt the butter in a large pan and the quickly stir in the flour, keeping the pan over the heat.
- Whisk in a little bit of the milk and then gradually add in the rest. You need to keep stirring until it starts to bubble and thicken because if you don’t, the sauce will burn and stick to the bottom of the pan and then your husband will moan at you because he’s going to have to clean it!
- When the sauce is bubbling and looks to have thickened up, add the cheese to the sauce and mix it until it’s gone all gooey and melted in to the sauce.
- Add the pasta and the brocolli to the sauce.
- Cut the bacon into smaller pieces and add that to the mix as well and stir it all together.
- I serve it at this point but if you’d prefer, you can add a little cheese to the top and pop it under the grill until the cheese is crispy.
Disclosure: I will receive payment for the judging of the competition
Thanks so much for all of your fantastic, delicious and very yummy looking recipes – there could only be one winner but it wasn’t easy!
And the winner is….
Chickpea Curry from Mess Makes Food
Plum Crumble My Golden Pear
Massive well done to both of you x x x