250g macaroni, cooked according to package instructionsFor the basic cheese sauce60g butter30g flour2 cups full-cream milk, heatedsea salt and freshly ground black pepperKids' Version100g mild Cheddar, plus extra for sprinkling, grated30g butter, plus extra for greasingGrown-ups Version100g chedder cheese 250g mushrooms, sauteedbutter, for greasing
Please the kids and impress the grown-ups with this double whammy that requires only one stint in the kitchen. Preheat the oven to 200°C. To make the basic cheese sauce: In a medium-sized saucepan over a medium heat, melt the butter, then whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the hot milk and cook, whisking, until thick and smooth. Season to taste. Divide the sauce in half. One half for the kids' version and one half for the grown ups' version. Kids' version: Stir 100 g mild Cheddar cheese into the basic cheese sauce and mix in half the macaroni. Turn into 2 or 3 small buttered baking dishes. Sprinkle with more Cheddar, dot with butter (use about 30 g) and place the dishes onto a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Grown-ups' version: Stir 100 chedder cheese and 25 g into the basic white sauce and mix in half the macaroni, together with 250 g sliced and sautéed mushrooms. Turn the mixture into a buttered baking dish and sprinkle with extra cheese.