Mac And Cheese


Mac and cheese is a true American classic. Ready in around 20 minutes and so easy to make! With cheese, cream and bacon, you can't not love mac and cheese!

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Mac and cheese
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2014-08-07, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 20 minutes.

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Updated at: 18-07-2023

20 minutes 4 people Main course
Mac and cheese


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  • Sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 500 ml double / heavy cream
  • 200 grams of bacon
  • 200 grams of macaroni
  • 150 grams Gruyère cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chives for garnish
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  • Large saucepan
  • Chef's knife
  • Chopping board
  • Frying pan
  • Grater

Mac And Cheese

20 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparation 5 minutes

Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and cook the macaroni.

Finely chop the fresh rosemary. Cut the bacon into pieces and fry the bacon, until crispy, in a frying pan. Finely grate the gruyère cheese.

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Finishing the mac and cheese 15 minutes

Drain the mac and cheese using a colander and reserve some of the water.

Add the double cream to the large pan and stir into the macaroni until fully combined. Add the chopped rosemary and season with salt and pepper.

Heat until the macaroni has absorbed the double cream. Stir in the bacon and cheese. Add some water, if necessary, to prevent the mac and cheese from sticking to the pan.

Garnish the mac and cheese with chopped fresh chives. Enjoy your meal!

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Mac And Cheese: frequently asked questions

Which cheese is best for mac and cheese?

You can use different varieties of cheese to make mac and cheese. For the classic American version, they usually use Cheddar cheese. Several types are available, including mature cheddar, mild cheddar and white cheddar.

For a quick and simple mac and cheese, you can use any grated cheese you have available. This can be young or mature cheese, but Emmental or Comté also work well (just choose a cheese which melts well).

Which type of macaroni should I use for mac and cheese?

In America, “elbow” macaroni, which is slightly larger than the macaroni you may be familiar with, is usually used.