• 210 g unsmoked back bacon
  • 335 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 90 g unsalted butter
  • 90 g plain flour
  • 900 ml milk
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 30 g parmesan, grated
  • 60 g cheddar, grated
  • 500 g macaroni pasta
  • Peas, or a steamed green vegetable, to serve


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5.

  2. 2

    Put the bacon rashers and halved tomatoes onto a baking tray, drizzle with the oil and roast for 20 mins or until the bacon is slightly crisp and the tomatoes soft.

  3. 3

    Make a quick all-in-one sauce; put the butter, flour and milk into a pan and heat gently over a low heat, stirring all the time. You may need to swap the spoon for a whisk as the sauce begins to thicken. Gently simmer for 5 mins. Add the mustard.

  4. 4

    Add most of the two cheeses (keep some back for the top) to the sauce and a little freshly ground black pepper and stir well.

  5. 5

    Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the macaroni according to the pack instructions. Drain well and tip it back into the empty saucepan.

  6. 6

    Spoon or pour half of the cheese sauce over the pasta and mix together. Rub a little butter over 4 ovenproof dishes. Chop the bacon and add to the adult or toddler dishes. Add the tomatoes to all of the dishes.

  7. 7

    Spoon the rest of the sauce over the top and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Cook in the oven for 20 mins or until it is golden brown and bubbling. Serve with the vegetables.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2537kj 606kcal 30%
  • Fat 31.7g 45%
  • Saturates 16.9g 85%
  • Sugars 10.6g 12%
  • Salt 1.9g 32%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 578kj/138kcal

Each serving provides

49.5g carbohydrate 2.4g fibre 29.4g protein

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