SW recipe: Veg-packed mac ’n’ cheese

EVERYDAY EASY
Serves 4
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Ready in about 1 hour 30 minutes
Syns per serving: 6½*
*Deduct 6 Syns if using the Parmesan or vegetarian alternative as a Healthy Extra

Ingredients:

1 head of broccoli (about 500g)
1 head of cauliflower (about 500g)
200g dried pasta shapes
2 level tbsp cornflour
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
120g fresh Parmesan, or vegetarian alternative
250g plain quark
600ml vegetable or chicken stock
3 garlic cloves, crushed
Mixed-leaf salad and pickled baby gherkins, to serve

Method:

1 Preheat your oven to 140°C/fan 120°C/gas 2. Slice the florets off the broccoli and cauliflower heads, and keep the florets and stalks separate. Halve the stalks, then roughly chop.

2 Cook the pasta for 3 minutes less than the time on the pack instructions, adding the veg florets and stalks for the last 2 minutes. Drain in a colander, then set over the empty pan off the heat and leave to steam – this is to get rid of as much water as possible.

3 Put the cornflour into a large mixing bowl. Gradually beat in the eggs with a hand whisk until smooth.

4 Grate 100g Parmesan or vegetarian alternative. Stir into the egg mixture with the quark, then whisk in the stock until smooth. Season and stir in the garlic, and set aside.

5 Give the pasta and veg a final toss in the colander to get rid of any remaining water, then tip into a 2-litre baking dish. Pour over the cheese sauce. Grate the remaining Parmesan or vegetarian alternative evenly over the top.

6 Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour until the cheese sauce is mostly set with a wobble in the middle. Preheat your grill to high. Place the dish under the grill for 4-5 minutes, or until the top is golden and crisp, then leave to stand for 5 minutes. Divide between 4 plates and serve with the salad and gherkins.

Mix it up

CLASSIC MAC ’N’ CHEESE: Increase the pasta to 350g, then leave out the broccoli and cauliflower, and serve with a third of a plate of salad or Speed Food veg.
PEARL BARLEY BAKE: Swap the pasta for dried pearl barley for a nutty flavour. Cook the barley for 3 minutes less than the time on the pack instructions, adding the veg to the pan for the last 2 minutes as per step 2.
CHICKEN MAC ’N’ CHEESE: Follow steps 1 and 2 using 450g each broccoli and cauliflower and 100g dried pasta. Then add 200g leftover cooked, shredded, skinless chicken to the baking dish in step 5.
SPICED-UP MAC ’N’ CHEESE: Give the sauce a little kick by mixing 2 tsp mustard powder and ¼ tsp cayenne pepper into the cornflour with the eggs in step 3.
Syns per serving remain the same in all variations

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