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Classic mac & cheese

Total Time
1 hr 5 min
20 min
45 min
Our classic mac and cheese recipe proves you can enjoy this rich, carby classic


White pasta, dry

260 g, macaroni

Plain White Flour

1½ tablespoon(s), level

Skimmed Milk

300 ml

Low Fat Spread

25 g

Half Fat Cheddar Cheese

100 g

Dijon Mustard

1 teaspoon(s), level

Cayenne Pepper

1 g, large pinch

Breadcrumbs, dried

2 tablespoon(s)

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas mark 5. Cook the macaroni according to pack instructions. Drain, reserving 50ml of the water.
  2. Whisk the flour with 100ml of the milk until smooth. Pour into a pan and heat gently, stirring continuously until it starts to thicken. Gradually add the remaining milk, whisking until smooth, then cook the sauce gently for 2 inutes before removing the pan from the heat.
  3. Add the spread, two-thirds of the cheese, the mustard, cayenne and some freshly ground black pepper to the sauce. Allow the cheese to melt, stir to combine and season.
  4. Stir the macaroni into the sauce until coated. Stir in the reserved 50ml pasta water, then pour everything into a 20cm baking dish. Combine the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs and scatter over the surface, mist with cooking spray, then bake for 25 minutes until golden.