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Broccoli, and pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Montgomery’s Cheddar

24 August 2018 — Dinner

Broccoli and pumpkin mac and cheese

Ingredients

  • 1kg pumpkin
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 150g Montgomery’s Cheddar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1.2 litres semi-skimmed milk
  • 500g dried macaroni
  • 1 whole Broccoli
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper

How to make it

When the autumn arrives and pumpkins are in season, there’s nothing better thank luscious and creamy mac and cheese. Made with Montgomery’s Cheddar gives it extra richness and sharpness, and the broccoli adds texture.

  • Core the pumpkin, cut into sections then peel
  • Chop into rough 2cm chunks and place on a large baking tray.
  • Drizzle the pumpkin with 1 tablespoon of oil and season with sea salt and black pepper. Roast for 40-50 minutes or until golden and caramelised
  • Peel and finely chop the onions and garlic
  • Melt the butter in a large, deep pan over a medium heat, then add the onions and garlic and cook for 10 minutes or until soft and golden.
  • Stir the flour into the onions and garlic
  • Whisk in the milk until the sauce is smooth and glossy
  • Finely grate all of the Montgomery’s Cheddar
  • Add two-thirds of the cheese to the pan, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer until thickened
  • Boil the macaroni and broccoli in salted water, then drain
  • Smash the cooked pumpkin up in the tray using a fork or spoon. Spoon into the cheese sauce and stir well
  • Mix in the cooked pasta and broccoli then tip into a baking dish
  • Sprinkle over the remaining cheese
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden
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