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Cheat's Bacon and Cheese Macaroni

This cheat's macaroni doesn't contain pasta but you won't miss it! Devillishly tasty and fun to make, this is a sure-fire family favourite.

Ingredients

  • 300g strong flour such as '00' or bread flour

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 3 medium eggs, beaten

  • 250ml (approx) cold water

  • 50g melted butter

  • 150g bacon bits or chopped bacon rashers

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 250ml double cream

  • pinch of nutmeg

  • black pepper, to season

  • 100g fontina or cheddar cheese, grated

  • 100g unsalted butter, to grease the dish and a little to dot over the top to help the glaze

  • 60g parmesan cheese

  • salad leaves, to serve

Method

  • 1.

    Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.

  • 2.

    Sift the flour and salt into a large glass bowl and add the beaten eggs mixing together with a wooden spoon. As the dough gets thicker add a little water, a bit at a time, until you have soft slightly runny dough.

  • 3.

    Tip the dough into a colander held over the pan of boiling water and rub the mixture through with the back of a ladle. As the dough hits the water, they will form thick squiggles like macaroni. They cook very quickly and will rise to the surface when ready. Scoop out using a slotted spoon and place in an oven dish.

  • 4.

    While the ‘macaroni’ is cooking, heat a frying pan and add the bacon bits and garlic and fry until cooked. Stir in the cream, nutmeg and grated cheese, season with black pepper and pour hot over the ‘macaroni’ and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Put some knobs of butter on the top to form a glaze. Flash under a very hot grill and serve straight away with some fresh salad leaves.

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