And kicking off asparagus love with this warm and comforting baked asparagus macaroni cheese recipe. Yeap, asparagus + macaroni + cheese + crunchy breadcrumbs = match made in foodie heaven.
Some of the reasons why I love this asparagus macaroni cheese:
- It is easy – aka cook your asparagus along with your pasta, make your creamy cheesy sauce (oh yes please), put it together and bake. That’s it.
- The lush crunchy golden breadcrumb toping – totally optional but adds that extra wow factor.
- You can prepare it ahead of time, freeze or refrigerate it and bake it just when you need it.
- It has asparagus in it. Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes.
I make this dish a lot during asparagus season. Mostly thanks to my amazing MIL, who kindly leaves us weekly asparagus parcels outside the front door. It never fails to bring a smile to my face when I come back from a long day away to a basket full of locally grown, freshly picked asparagus. This translates to asparagus shakshuka, asparagus risotto, mushroom and asparagus pasta and of course asparagus mac and cheese.
Asparagus mac and cheese.
In the meantime, I will leave you with my rather perfectly crunchy topped asparagus macaroni cheese recipe. Please do try it and if you do make it then please do tag me on InstagramInstagram or twitter so that I can pop over and have a look. It is really really awesome for me when you make any one of my recipes.
Also if you do like mac and cheese then you should check out this slow cooker mac & cheese UK recipe from My Fussy Eater. So, so good. For other comfort food recipes why not try this gluten free Fish Pie?
- 250 g (9oz) macaroni
- 100 g (3.5oz) asparagus, woody stems removed and chopped in half
- 40 g (1.5oz) butter
- 40 g (1.5oz) plain flour
- 700 ml (2.9 cups) warm milk
- 0.25 tsp grated nutmeg
- 200 g (7oz) cheddar, grated
- 75 g (2.6oz) mozzarella, roughly torn
- 2 handfuls of toasted breadcrumbs
- Preheat the oven to fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4.
- Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions till al dente. About 3 mins before the macaroni is done add the asparagus. When done drain, transfer into the baking dish.
- Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat before adding in the flour and mixing to form a roux paste. Cook for a couple of mins.
- Then slowly whisk in the warm milk a little bit at a time till the milk is all in and you end up with a smooth creamy sauce.
- Simmer this sauce for about 8 mins till it thickens before stirring in the nutmeg, cheddar and mozzarella cheese until the cheese is all melted.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the asparagus and pasta mix till everything is well coated, top with breadcrumbs, cover with some foil and bake for 30 mins. Take the foil of during the last 10 mins of baking so that the breadcrumbs get even more golden.
- Serve with a green salad.
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