Food food family food: Chorizo Macaroni Cheese

There are a few evenings each week when one or both girls do activities so we need pre-prepared or super fast dinners. This can do both. You can make it the day before and heat it up in the oven when you’re ready for it or you can make it and have it on the table in 20mins. It also has the bonus effect of inducing a bit of carby sleepiness in my two as well which is handy for encouraging a bit of ‘calm down time’. The fact that the ingredients for this are all things we tend to have in as staples all the time just seals it as a ‘Winner Dinner’ as my eldest calls it.

This is one of those throw it together meals so it’s not really about exact quantities.

I put a pan of pasta on the boil. How much varies by family I think so it’s really up to you. I would probably do about 350g/400g

While that is cooking put medium sized saucepan on the hob on a low heat and slice your chorizo. I’m sure I’ve said before that we’re all meat fiends in our house so I would use a whole chorizo ring like this

Put that all in your saucepan and let it sizzle. Keep an eye it though because it can burn really quickly.

Once the chorizo is cooked and realeased lots of tasty oil add two tablespoons of plain flour and stir for a minute or two before adding a splash of milk. It will instantly thicken but don’t panic, just keep stirring and adding milk a bit at a time until you reach a consistency you like. I like mine quite thick which tends to use about 1/2-3/4 pint of milk.

At this point I take the sauce off the heat and check on the pasta which should now be cooked. Drain the pasta and leave it in the pan with a lid on. 

Turning back to your sauce grate in as much of your favourite cheddar cheese as you like. I tend to use about 250-300g of mature cheddar and throw in a large chunk of any blue cheese I’ve got hanging about. You should now have a thick cheesy chorizo sauce. Add in your pasta and combine thoroughly. 

You can serve it straight away or if you like a crunchy topping you can sprinkle with breadcrumbs and pop in the oven on 220’c for 15mins.

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