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Nan's Macaroni Cheese - with optional extra veggies



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Macaroni Cheese

  • 300 g macaroni
  • 1.2 litres Boiling water
  • 500 g Vegetables (optional) chopped into ~1cm cubes, cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, zucchini, carrot all work well
  • 1 onion
  • 120 g Diced bacon
  • 1 green capsicum diced
  • 170 g Cheese cut into 1-2cm cubes
  • 230 g Milk
  • 40 g plain flour
  • 80 g Butter
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard/Mustard Powder
  • 300 g Tin of Tomato Soup
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Recipe's preparation

  1. Preheat pven to 180deg.

    If you want to add extra vegetables to this meal place them into the varoma bowl and set aside. 

  2. Add boiling water and macaroni into TM Bowl. Place varoma into position and cook 10min/varoma/counter-clockwise operation/sp1. Drain water and trasfer macaroni into a large bowl. 

  3. Place cooked vegetables into mixing bowl and puree 10sec/sp8. Add to large bowl and stir through pasta.

  4. Place cheese into TM Bowl and mill 8sec/sp8. Set aside. 

  5. Place onion into TM Bowl and chop 4sec/sp6. 

  6. Add diced bacon and capsicum and cook 6min/varoma/counter-clockwise operation/sp1 with MC removed.

  7. Add milk, flour, butter, worcestershire sauce, paprika, dry mustard, salt and pepper and cook 6min/90deg/counter-clockwise operation/sp4.

  8. Add soup and milled cheese and cook 3min/90deg/counter-clockwise operation/sp3.

  9. Mix through throughly, tip into oven proof dish/roasting pan and bake in oven for 25mins. 


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You can leave the vegetables that are pureed out of this recipe (which was my Nan's original recipe) but I like to add them to both bulk out the meal and because it's an easy way to get my family to eat more veggies. 

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  • Everyone loved this, the mustard, tomato and...

    Submitted by kgreen on 19. October 2023 - 10:29.

    Everyone loved this, the mustard, tomato and Worcester is a great flavour combination. I used gluten free pasta which I precooked as it is more fragile, also I think it would have been too dry if not precooked. We used lots of veggies especially romanesco, caulie, onion and lots of garlic. This is a real treat of a meal and will become a regular dinner for us. Thankyou for sharing it with us Bethy.

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  • A great success ...

    Submitted by Jennybod on 1. September 2018 - 07:19.

    A great success Smile

    I make this all the time for my grandchildren with extra veggies. Any that I have, and I use a tin of crushed tomatoes instead of soup. I have to make extra because the parents get into it too!
    I have used several different small pasta shapes and all work well. I also use a mixture of cheeses and they love it when I add some mozzarella.. I keep the quantity of cheese the same I just mix up the varieties.

    Thank you

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  • Great recipe. I used ham, which disintegrated, but...

    Submitted by sarinoz on 15. May 2018 - 19:39.

    Great recipe. I used ham, which disintegrated, but it didnt matter - still tasted great. Left out the soup and upped the milk a bit to compensate - there was plenty of sauce.

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  • This was delicious, thanks for sharing. Even...

    Submitted by Ange-in-Thermo-Wonderland on 12. December 2016 - 16:45.

    This was delicious, thanks for sharing. Even without the cheese (used soy milk for DF substitute) or soup it was fantastic!

    Delicious Regards,


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  • Made for tea Sunday night and

    Submitted by 13stafford on 23. August 2016 - 21:10.

    Made for tea Sunday night and still good for leftovers Tuesday night. Always a winner.

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  • First time making this and

    Submitted by fee77 on 7. June 2015 - 19:24.

    First time making this and made a couple of minor changes, grated the cheese first to avoid a hot bowl, used cauliflower & brocoli for my veggies also used wholemeal pasta. Family loves it!

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  • My daughter loved this! (son

    Submitted by oMo on 29. March 2015 - 12:09.

    My daughter loved this! (son hasn't tried it yet).I made it dairy free (bio cheese, rice milk) and gluten free and left out the capsicum as I knew she wouldn't like it, but I plan on cooking and blitzing the capsicum with the other veges next time.  I think I will try more than 500g of veges as once it's cooked and blitzed it isn't alot once mixed in.I did cook the macaroni separately as gluten free pasta doesn't hold up as well and I didn't want it turning to mush.  Also added a couple of tablespoons of savoury yeast flakes.

    Fb: Thermo Amy + Gluten Free T

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  • Definately will make this

    Submitted by Sheeben on 14. December 2014 - 14:24.

    Definately will make this again.  Just delicious.

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  • Yum yum yum!  Interesting

    Submitted by Klaypipe on 26. September 2014 - 19:43.

    Yum yum yum! 

    Interesting spin on the classic Mac n cheese!! This will

    become a fave I can tell! 

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  • Will definately make again. I

    Submitted by Mybidda on 15. September 2014 - 23:36.

    Will definately make again.

    I added the vegies as suggested - pumpkin, carrots, zucinni, brocolli. Though I used about 700grams. They did not cook in the varoma so I ended up steaming them on the stove while preparing the rest of the recipe and vitamising last, once the sauce was finished.

    I accidently added 100ml too much water to the sauce and thought it would be fine by adding more flour. It was still too runny and too much sauce. Next time I will actually use less water than the recipe, though the flavour was spot on. Mind you I did use 500ml of tomato soup which was a whole can. So perhaps I should only have used half a can.

    Also I didnt bake in the oven as we couldnt wait to eat it so we just combined it all together and served it up as it was.Very yum and healthy too.

    Will report next time I make it with the adjustments I need to make.

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  •     Fantastic family meal!

    Submitted by stjenkins on 7. July 2014 - 14:06.



    Fantastic family meal! Will be cooking this again.  tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Absolutely delicious, made

    Submitted by defreitas53 on 6. July 2014 - 17:08.

    Absolutely delicious, made this your way with pumpkin, zucchini and brocolli.  Whole family loved it.  

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  • Delicious!! The kids loved

    Submitted by Ronip on 1. July 2014 - 18:19.

    Delicious!! The kids loved it, which with fussy eaters is a huge win!!

    I used broccoli and carrot.

    Made a few minor changes like grating the cheese first as not sure how it would work in a hot bowl.

    I topped it with breadcrumbs to give a crispy topping.

    Will be a favourite in our house  tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Great family recipe I left

    Submitted by BecB79 on 22. June 2014 - 17:47.

    Great family recipe I left out mustard and Worcester sauce as didn't have any but still tasted great will definitely make again thanks

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  • Just made this as it caught

    Submitted by alkababba on 13. June 2014 - 17:04.

    Just made this as it caught my eye being red. When i read paprika and worcestershire i was sold and i was not disappointed. I got all the way through making my sauce before realizing i didnt have any cheese but that didnt bother me, it already tasted delicious and was a great consistency. I ended up just grating a bit of parmesan over and it was lovely. Cant wait to try it again with the cheese, but it was perfect without it anyway. So easy too. This will definitely be a regular for me. (I added the hidden veg (just two carrots and a green capsicum) and you couldnt even tell) Thankyou! (One other variation i made was adding a full tsp of paprika, just because i love it, and i used smoked)

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