Macaroni cheese

Quite possibly my favourite meal ever, and not too tricky.


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To serve 2 hungry people:

  • 150g macaroni
  • 1 packet of cheese sauce mix (I use Colman's Four Cheese Sauce)
  • 300ml milk (for Colman's Four Cheese Sauce - your sauce mix may differ)
  • 125g cheddar cheese
  • 2 normal bags (or 1 large bag) of salted crisps (I use Walkers Ready Salted)
  • Sprinkling of salt
  • Also recommended:
    • Garlic bread


  • Measuring jug
  • Scales
  • Saucepan
  • Collander for draining pasta
  • Baking dish
  • Cheese grater
  • Oven


  1. Put water in the saucepan, sprinkle a little bit of salt in. Boil the water.
  2. Put the macaroni into the saucepan. Cook for as long as directed.
  3. Meanwhile, grate the cheese, and crush the crisps (squish them while they're in their bag).
  4. When the macaroni is done, drain the water off, and put the macaroni into the baking disk.
  5. Prepare the cheese sauce mix according to the packet. It'll probably involve putting the mix into the (cleaned) saucepan, heating it up and stirring the milk into it.
  6. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Stir in the sauce into the pasta, along with a tiny bit of the grated cheese.
    • Some people like to stir in things like peas or bacon at this bit. Weird.
  7. Flatten the macaroni out, and sprinkle half of the remaining cheese over the top.
  8. Sprinkle the flattened crisps over the top of the cheese.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the crisps, making a crisps-in-cheese sandwich. Mmm.
  10. Put in the oven for 20 minutes.
    • If you have fresh garlic bread, it'll probably want 5-10 minutes, but frozen may want longer. Check the time it says, and add it at the appropriate time.

Best served with ketchup and no salad. That would just be wrong.