You know what, this is not even really mac & cheese because I used spirali rather than macaroni.
You could substitute macaroni with other kinds of short pasta and it doesn’t matter what pasta you prefer but do take into account the pasta shape.
“Will it be able to trap all the delicious sauce?” – that’s the question you must constantly ask yourself!
# – Spir & cheese, heh.
This pasta & cheese bake was so delicious. Creamy, cheesy, a little tart from the mayo to balance it all out. The addition of ham gave it some yummy savoury notes.
Without further ado, lets get on with it.
200 grams of short pasta (I used spirali), cooked and drained 1 cup of mayonnaise 250ml of whipping cream 2 cups of grated cheddar 1 red onion, diced 1 red capsicum, seeded and roughly chopped 1 canned of straw mushroom or button mushroom, sliced 3 slices of ham, julienned 3 slices of bread or garlic bread crisp, torn Salt and ground black pepper to taste Olive oil or grapeseed oil for drizzling
# – First, cook the pasta according to instructions on the packet. Drain, give it a dash of olive oil and set aside.
# – In a pan with some oil, shallow-fry the sliced mushrooms, onions and capsicum until fragrant.
# – Then, add the cooked pasta and stir.
# – Pour in the mayonnaise.
# – Followed by the whipping cream.
# – And lastly, the cheese. Stir…
# – Add salt to taste.
# – Don’t forget the ground black pepper.
# – Pour the mixture into a baking tin. Then, lay julienned ham all over the top.
# – If you’re using garlic bread crisp, pound it with a rolling pin until it becomes smaller pieces.
# – Sprinkle the garlic bread crisp all over the top. Otherwise, just tear out ordinary bread and sprinkle all over :)
# – Drizzle olive oil or grapeseed oil all over.
# – Bake in pre-heated oven of 190 degrees celcius for 20 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown.
# – Spir & cheese, DONE!
# – Dig in!
This is a crowd pleaser, if you have complaints…can scold me :D
Let me know how it goes.