A slightly fancier take on yummy macaroni cheese, with spinach, tomatoes and seasonal spring onions.


Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 40 minutes

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• 350g/12oz macaroni

• 50g/2oz butter

• 50g/2oz plain flour

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• 1 bunch spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

• 600ml/1 pint milk

• 250g/9oz grated extra-mature Cheddar

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• 50g/2oz grated Parmesan

• 1½ tbsp Dijon mustard

• 200g/7oz young-leaf spinach

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• 200g/7oz cherry tomatoes

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the pasta in boiling water until just tender, then drain.

2. For the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a pan, then add the flour, stirring to cook it out. Then add the spring onions and milk, slowly bring to the boil, whisking all the time until it thickens. Simmer for a few minutes and remove from the heat.

3. Then add the Cheddar and half the Parmesan until melted, followed by the mustard. Season to taste.

4. Next stir in handfuls of spinach so it wilts in the sauce.

5. Mix the cooked pasta with the sauce. Tip it into a 20cm/8in-square ovenproof dish, scatter over the tomatoes and remaining Parmesan and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.

6. Serve with salad.

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