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Brussels sprout & bacon macaroni

Brussels sprout & bacon macaroni

Macaroni cheese is a great dish for using up leftovers, anything goes! Pairing greens with crispy bacon bits and loads of decadent cheeses is an absolute win!
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Serves 4
Prep/Cook time: 40 minutes
Brussels Sprout & Bacon Macaroni

Ingredients

150g - 200g leftover brussels sprouts
a few rashers of bacon, or leftover Christmas ham, roughly chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
350g dried pasta e.g. macaroni, penne

For The Sauce

30g unsalted butter
500ml semi skimmed milk
300 - 400g grated or crumbled leftover cheese (keep a little aside for the top)
2 tsp mustard

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Recipe

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c (160c fan).

  2. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain, allow to steam and set aside.

  3. If using uncooked bacon (rather than gammon) add a little oil to a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and fry until crispy. If you like, you can crisp up the sprouts in the pan for a minute or two. Set aside whilst you make the cheese sauce.

  4. Add the butter to a non-stick saucepan. Melt on a medium heat before adding the flour and milk. Whisk quickly & continuously until you have a smooth sauce.

  5. Add the mustard and cheese, and bring the heat up a little until it starts to thicken. Remove from the heat.

  6. Add the cooked pasta to a large ovenproof dish, and layer on the sprouts and bacon (or gammon).

  7. Pour the sauce over and gently stir to coat everything well. Bake in the oven for around 15 - 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the top has browned.

  8. Serve immediately.

Make the most of your leftovers
Store in
Airtight container
Time
Fridge for 2 days, freezer 3-6 months
Where to store
Fridge or freezer
Reheat
Oven or microwave until piping hot. Reheat only once.

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