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An excellent midweek meal. Using wholewheat macaroni and including leeks makes this easy pasta bake a little more nutritious and interesting than traditional macaroni, but just as comforting. Smoked Cheddar and leeks are a good combination of sharp and sweet, but you can play around with the type of cheese – a piquant blue cheese also works (although might be less popular with children).

Ingredients

  • 100g wholewheat macaroni
  • Olive oil
  • 100g leeks, shredded
  • 10g butter
  • 10g flour
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 200ml milk
  • 50g smoked Cheddar, grated, & a little extra for topping
  • 1 tbsp breadcrumbs (optional)
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Boil the pasta in salted water for 8 minutes. Drain and toss in a little olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile, gently cook the leeks in butter for 8 minutes. Add the flour to the leeks and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the mustard. Gradually stir in the milk. Add the cheese and heat gently, stirring, to thicken the sauce. Season to taste.
  3. Transfer to a small baking dish and sprinkle over a little more cheese and breadcrumbs if using. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden.
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