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Give your traditional mac 'n' cheese a creepy Halloween twist by serving it green in a cauldron.

Cauldron Mac 'n' Cheese
Servings:

serving time4-6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 500g pasta

  • 120g unsalted butter

  • 60g plain flour

  • 950ml whole milk

  • 450g medium cheddar

  • 150g parmesan cheese

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp pepper

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 1 tsp mustard powder

  • A few handfuls of spinach

  • Green gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Pour pasta into a large pan of water and season with a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and cook until al dente.

  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in another large pan. Once melted whisk in the plain flour and cook for 2-3 minutes to cook the flour.

  3. Gradually pour in the milk making sure to constantly whisk, this will stop lumps from forming. The mixture with go thick very quickly and then it will thin down once all of the milk has been added. Continue to cook and whisk until it thickens back up (around 10 minutes).

  4. Add the parmesan cheese and half of the cheddar and stir until melted.

  5. Once melted whisk in the salt and pepper, crushed garlic and mustard powder.

  6. Remove the thick stalks from the spinach leaves before stirring into the sauce. If your spinach is wet dry it off with kitchen roll first.

  7. Pour the drained pasta into the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and pour in the remaining cheese, the heat of the sauce will melt it leaving it a lovely stringy consistency.

  8. Optional: Add green gel food color into the pasta and stir until evenly mixed. Allow it to cool slightly.

  9. Spoon mac ‘n’ cheese into a cauldron fitted with a clear ziplock bag that has been stretched over the sides (this is for hygiene purposes). Serve up and enjoy :D

Cauldron Mac 'n' Cheese
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Transcript

- There is nothing better than themed recipes. It just makes cooking and baking so much more fun and interesting and Halloween is definitely one of my favorites. There's just so many opportunities to give life to your recipes. So today, I'm going to show you how to make my spooky Halloween mac and cheese. In a pan I'm going to melt some butter. While I wait for that to melt I'm gonna cook the pasta. I'm gonna pour that into a pan of cold water. Season that with some salt and I like to cook mine for about 10-12 minutes but you can do yours as long as you like. Once your butter's melted add in the flour. If you don't cook it for long enough you'll get a raw floury taste and we don't want that so keep stirring. You'll smell when it's kind of done. It goes a light brown as well. Next in goes the milk. I've got a lot of it. You want to add it a small amount at a time and keep stirring otherwise it will go real clumpy. So pour the first bit in. It will go really thick like a paste but keep working it. Once you've added in all of the milk it will be a thin liquid. It's gonna take about 10 minutes to thicken up to where we want it. But keep stirring because you don't want it to catch the bottom of the pan. As you can see, it's a lot thicker now. It still is liquid but it doesn't splash when you move it from side to side. The cheese is what's also gonna help thicken it up. I've got two cheeses. Some Parmesan that's gonna add a really nice salty flavor to the mac and cheese. Pour that in. My second cheese is mature cheddar. I like adding about two thirds in now, letting that melt and I'll add the rest later so it stays nice and stringy. I like going for mature cheddar. It gives it more flavor. You can see how thick that cheese has made it. I really like a thick and creamy mac and cheese. There's nothing better. Seasoning for me in mac and cheese is so important. Just because you've added a load of cheese doesn't mean it's gonna taste that good. Sometimes mac and cheese can be really boring and really plain. So I like to add in some salt and pepper. I also like to add in some mustard powder. It gives it a really nice flavor. And some crushed garlic. I often like to add things into my mac and cheese like some veg. So with it being Halloween, I'm going to add in some spinach. It will give it a slight green color and also a spooky effect. Pop that in. That's gonna wilt down as you stir it in. Pour in your drained pasta and toss it up with the remaining cheese. I actually like to add the remainder of the cheese with the heat off that way just the pasta is gonna melt it and keep it nice and stringy. So I'm just mixing that until the sauce coats all of that pasta and it's all lovely and cheesy. The smell of this is amazing. I can't wait to get my spoon in. Now I know what you're thinking. I'm literally just making mac and cheese but here is where it turns all Halloween-y. I've got some green gel food color. I'm gonna pop it in. Now this is optional. You don't have to do it. But I only add a tiny bit. So make sure you use a gel not a liquid. Otherwise you'll be able to taste the food coloring. Pop some in and get stirring. This is the fun part. If you do this with kids they're absolutely gonna love it. Now to really finish off my mac and cheese I'm gonna serve it in a witch's cauldron. This is gonna look fab at your Halloween parties. It will be the perfect centerpiece and your friends are going to love plating up from a cauldron. I've just added a Ziploc bag into the center, stretched it over the edge that way it's more hygienic to eat from. I'm gonna scoop my mac and cheese in. So there you have it. My spooky Halloween mac and cheese. Easy.