A Tasty Version of Baked Macaroni & Cheese
After coming off the crazy-making challenge of Leicestershire’s growlers, Yorkshire Pudd now tackles Rutland Savoury Cheese Custard (with a twist).
Initially, I feared a regional dish may be difficult to dig up in the tiny county. At just 29 km long and 27.4 km wide, Rutland is definitely the smallest of England’s counties.
But I was happy to discover, despite Rutland’s diminutive size, the county offers a delicious, if fairly familiar, savoury sampling of big-time flavour. Even better, the recipe is a cinch.
Now I do appreciate the ease with which I can make this dish, but I questioned whether such a simple recipe would yield anything worth writing about. This simple recipe certainly does, my friends.
While I stayed true to the original recipe for Rutland Savoury Cheese Custard, I added pasta and cherry tomatoes to the final creation so I would end up with a tasty version of baked Macaroni & Cheese. The cherry tomatoes add a lovely dimension, complementing the rich sauce.
Hot and delicious, this steamy, cheesy, please-me dish pairs well with a variety of foods. Rutland’s Savoury Cheese with Pasta and Tomatoes isn’t just Mac & Cheese. This is happiness on a plate.
Rutland’s Savoury Cheese with Pasta and Tomatoes – Recipe
- 170g mature cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- ¼ teaspoon English mustard powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A few generous drops of Worcestershire sauce
- 60g butter
- 60g flour
- ½ pint milk
- 200g macaroni pasta, cooked according to pack instructions
- Pinch of mixed herbs
- 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- Parmesan (optional)
- Set the oven to 200C.
- In a bowl, combine the cheese, eggs, and Worcestershire sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- In a pan, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Once smooth, add the milk and stir continuously until the sauce bubbles and thickens.
- Stir the cheese mixture into the pan, mixing well.
- Add the pasta, mixing well.
- Pour into a large, round, oven-proof dish and top with the mixed herbs, cherry tomatoes, and grated cheese. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan (optional).
- Bake for 25mins or until golden brown.
You should let this dish cool for 10 to 15 minutes to let it set before you serve.
Enjoy as a side with your next family meal or give the recipe your own special twist to make it a main. Tell us how you like it, we love to hear from you!