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Macaroni Cheese with Red Onion

Homemade macaroni and cheese is made even better when red onion is added to it.

Prep Time: 5M

Cooking Time: 30M

Serves: Serves 4


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 11/4 cups whole milk
  • 11/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 12oz (350g) dried elbow macaroni
  • 1 small red onion, very finely diced
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then remove from the heat and stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until well blended. Return to the heat and gradually add the milk, whisking constantly, until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup (125g) of the cheese until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as the package directs. Drain, reserving a small amount of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot and toss together with the reserved cooking water. Mix in the cheese sauce, add the onion, and stir to blend well.
  3. Spoon into a baking dish, top with the remaining cheese, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly-hot.
  • Use penne for this dish, instead. Or add some cooked fresh or thawed frozen peas to the sauce.
  • Cheat...Use an 8oz (250g) container of prepared cheese sauce. Stir in 1 tsp grainy mustard to enhance the flavor.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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