The Best Mac 'n' Cheese

Delicious, gooey macaroni cheese is hard to beat. The ultimate childhood classic and perfect comfort food, it's ideal for a night in front of the tv.

We tried it out as a topping on the other ultimate comfort food - pizza - for a proper cheesy hug of a meal. Washed down with a cold beer. What's not to love about that?


  • 250g macaroni 
  • 50g butter 
  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml whole milk 
  • 300g grated strong cheese*
  • 500g smoked pancetta or lardons**
  • salt & pepper


  1. Fry the pancetta or lardons in a large saucepan for 5 minutes until cooked, then set aside. 
  2. In the same saucepan used to cook the lardons, melt the butter over a medium heat (any juices remaining from the lardons will add more flavour).
  3. Add the flour and whisk constantly for about a minute to cook off the flour.
  4. Gradually pour in the milk while whisking continuously to avoid lumps.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer over a low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon. 
  6. Add two-thirds of the grated cheese to the sauce, stirring constantly to make a smooth thick consistency. The smell will be intense and full of flavour.  
  7. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  8. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
  9. Drain the macaroni and add to the sauce. Stir well to coat the pasta evenly. 
  10. Don’t forget the pancetta. Stir it through the macaroni cheese for an amazing flavour hit.
  11. Make sure to taste and season to your liking. 
  12. Serve the macaroni cheese straight form the pot, or transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle some extra cheese on top, and grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  13. Serve it hot and enjoy! 

Babadoh Tips

* We love a mix of cheddar and parmesan. Other options include Gruyere which melts like Cheddar, but has a lovely nutty flavour. Gouda, Parmesan, Fontina, Havarti and Monterey Jack also work well. Or try some Brie; just make sure you remove the rind before mixing it in.  

For this recipe, we sourced the cheese from a local Cheesemonger in Bushmills, Mini Maegden, and used the following selection:

** Swap meat for diced tomatoes, sautéed onions or any other ingredients for additional flavour and texture.

Freeze individual portions in Babadoh containers for a quick and easy evening ahead.

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