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Variation Butternut pumpkin and vegetable macaroni cheese pasta bake



6 portion(s)

Butternut and bacon macaroni cheese

  • 500 g butternut pumpkin, cut into pieces (1 cm)
  • 1 lebanese eggplant
  • 6 --- fresh mushrooms
  • 1 zucchini
  • fresh baby spinach, as much as you like to your taste
  • 250 g cheddar cheese, cut into pieces (3 cm)
  • 1000 g water
  • 300 g Macaroni Pasta
  • 1 brown onion (approx. 120 g), cut into halves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50 g Salted butter
  • 500 g Milk
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 pinches ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp paprika, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • oil for drizzling
  • 2 level tsp salt, plus extra for taste
  • pepper, to your taste

Recipe's preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line 2 baking trays (30 x 40 cm) with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Place pumpkin, eggplant and zucchini into mixing bowl lid. blitz 5 seconds speed 6. Transfer onto prepared baking tray, then drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.
    slice mushrooms to preference (keep in mind they will shrink) place on 2nd baking tray, drizzle with oil and flavour with salt and pepper
    Roast for 15-20 minutes on 200 degrees.
  3. Place cheese into mixing bowl and grate 8 sec/speed 7. Transfer into a bowl and set aside. Clean and dry mixing bowl.
  4. Place water into mixing bowl and heat 8 min/Varoma/speed 1.
  5. Add macaroni and 1 teaspoon of the salt and cook 10-15 min/90°C/Counter-clockwise operation/speed 1 or until pasta is cooked to your liking. Drain pasta and transfer into a thermal serving bowl or other large bowl. Rinse and dry mixing bowl.
  6. Preheat oven to 190°C. Set aside an ovenproof dish sprayed with oil or a non stick dish (23 x 31 cm).
  7. Place onion and garlic into mixing bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
  8. Add butter and cook 3 min/100°C/speed 1.
  9. Add milk, flour, mustard, nutmeg, paprika, thyme and remaining 1/4 tsp pepper and 1 tsp salt and cook 7 min/90°C/speed 3.
  10. Add 100 g of the reserved cheese into mixing bowl and mix 1 min/speed 2.
  11. in a large bowl put all ingredients together (except the extra cheese) stir well with a spatula to combine. Transfer into ovenproof dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese and paprika. Bake for 20-25 minutes (190°C) until golden brown. Serve warm.

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i like using chilli infused oil to give it a little extra taste

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