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Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Ultimate Mac & Cheese

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Prep Time

45 min



Use within

6-7 days

Why ultimate? This baby has a three-cheese sauce made with cheddar, mozzarella and Italian hard cheese, combined with garlic and wholegrain mustard to cut through the gooey cheesy goodness. Topped with crispy bacon, breadcrumbs and served with balsamic dressed leaves and roast baby plum tomatoes. It's time to get cheesy!

Prep Time

45 min



Use within

6-7 days

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In Your Box
Ingredients for 2 people (double for 4)
1 tbsp Italian balsamic vinegar †
40g Irish mature cheddar †
200g conchiglie †
125g fresh mozzarella †
50g baby leaf mixed salad
Panko breadcrumbs edit
30g panko breadcrumbs †
135g British dry cured smoked streaky bacon
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard †
2 garlic cloves
40g Italian hard cheese †
Baby plum tomatoes
125g baby plum tomatoes
You Will Need
Oven-proof dish, butter, flour, milk, olive oil, pepper, salt, sugar

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 balsamic vinegar sachet (15ml)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 40g cheddar cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 200g conchiglie<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 125g mozzarella<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 50g baby leaf salad
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 135g British dry cured smoked streaky bacon
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 40g Italian hard cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 125g baby plum tomatoes
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 962 kJ
229 kcal
3907 kJ
930 kcal
of which saturates
9.8 g
5.3 g
39.7 g
21.3 g
of which sugars
22.9 g
1.8 g
93 g
7.1 g
Fibre 1.3 g 5.2 g
Protein 12.5 g 50.7 g
Salt 0.84 g 3.42 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
1 balsamic vinegar sachet (15ml)
wine vinegar, concentrated grape must, potassium metabisulphite (sulphites)
40g cheddar cheese
pasteurised cows milk, cream, salt, starter culture, vegetarian rennet
200g conchiglie
semolina of durum wheat (gluten), water
125g mozzarella
pasteurised cows milk, salt, microbial rennet, citric acid
50g baby leaf salad
mixed salad
30g panko breadcrumbs
wheat flour (gluten), sugar, salt, yeast
135g British dry cured smoked streaky bacon
pork belly (97%), salt, preservative: e250
2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
water, alcohol vinegar (27%), mustard seeds, husks, salt, citric acid, natural flavours, potassium metabisulphite (sulphites), spice (turmeric)
1 garlic clove
40g Italian hard cheese
pasteurised cows milk, salt, vegetable rennet, starter, calcium chloride (e509)
125g baby plum tomatoes
baby plum tomatoes
  • Allergens highlighted by † (sulphites, milk, gluten, mustard)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 160°C (fan)/ 350°F/ Gas 4

Boil a kettle

Add the baby plum tomatoes to a baking tray with a drizzle of olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and sugar

Put them in the oven to slow-roast until serving (approx. 30 min)

2 Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Meanwhile, add the conchiglie to a pot of boiled water with a large pinch of salt and bring to the boil over a high heat

Cook the conchiglie for 8-10 min or until cooked with a slight bite

Once done, drain the conchiglie, reserving 300ml [600ml] of the starchy pasta water

3 Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Meanwhile, cut the streaky bacon into small, bite-size pieces

Heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) over a high heat and once hot, add 2/3 of the chopped bacon (save the rest for later!)

Cook for 3-4 min or until crisped, then transfer to kitchen paper and set aside (keep the pan!)

4 Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Meanwhile, peel the garlic

Grate the Italian hard cheese

Grate the cheddar 

Drain, pat dry and rip the mozzarella into small, bite-size pieces

5 Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Return the pan to a medium heat and once hot, add 30g [60g] butter

Once melted, add 30g [60g] flour and stir with a wooden spoon for 1-2 min or until a sandy paste forms - this is your roux

Gradually whisk 350ml [700ml] milk into the roux and cook for 5 min or until a smooth, thick sauce remains - this is your béchamel sauce 

6 Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Meanwhile, grate the garlic into the béchamel sauce and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper 

Once thickened, add the Italian hard cheesecheddarwholegrain mustardcrispy bacon and drained conchigle with a few splashes of starchy pasta water to loosen the mixture

Tip: you want your sauce to be quite loose as it will continue to thicken in the oven!

7 Ultimate Mac & Cheese

Remove the slow roasted tomatoes from the oven and set them aside until serving

Increase the oven temperature to 240°C/ 220°C (fan)/ 475°F/ Gas 9

Transfer the cheesy pasta to an oven-proof dish, then top with the ripped mozzarella, panko breadcrumbs and the remaining chopped bacon, drizzle with olive oil and put the dish in the oven for 20-25 min or until it's golden


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Meanwhile, combine the balsamic vinegar with 2 tbsp [4 tbsp] olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper - this is your balsamic dressing

Gently toss the baby leaf mixed salad with the slow roasted tomatoes and drizzle with the balsamic dressing when you're ready to serve


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