Market Mac n’ Cheese - Fast Food
Serves 2
Produce from Mootown and Perry Court, Patchwork or Wild Country Organics.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 2 handfuls of seasonal veg*
  2. 200g Caerfai Caerphilly CHEESE OF THE WEEK
  3. 1 tbsp plain white flour
  4. 200g wholewheat penne (or any your favourite pasta – doesn’t have to be wholemeal)
  5. 1 tbsp butter
  6. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  7. 200-250ml cider (or milk)
  8. Sea salt
  9. Freshly ground pepper
  10. A dot of mustard or chilli powder (optional)
  11. A few handfuls of toasted breadcrumbs
  12. A few handfuls of chopped nuts (hazel, walnuts or almonds are nice), toasted
  13. 1 handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  1. Select a seasonal veg. Lots of ideas below. Get it prepped.
  2. Chop your cheese into smallish cubes or coarsely grate. Toss with the flour.
  3. Get your pasta on the go. Set the timer once it’s in the pot, cooking according to pack instructions.
  4. Melt the butter in a pot. Add the garlic. Sizzle till softened.
  5. Lower the heat. Slosh in 200ml cider or milk. Let it bubble for a moment.
  6. Gradually add the cheese. Stir in a zig zag pattern to avoid clumping.
  7. Taste. Add more cider or milk, if needed. Season. Dash in some chilli or mustard, to give it a kick.
  8. Drain your pasta. Fold through the cheesy sauce. Add your veg if it’s not already with the pasta. Finish with breadcrumbs, nuts and herbs, for a crunchy, flavour-packed finish.
*Brilliant veg to balance this saucy number include
  1. Spring onions – cut into 2cm pieces at an angle and thrown into the pasta water right at the end of cooking,
  2. Broccoli florets – again, throw in with the pasta in the final 2-3mins of cooking,
  3. Fresh spinach or chard – roughly chop, then fold through the warm pasta with a little butter after you’ve drained it
  4. Courgettes – Cut into rounds. Halve to the rounds. Cook in a little olive oil until just golden. Season well. Fold through the cheese pasta.
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