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Pasta Alfredo

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pasta alfredo

savoury pasta bake
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 525.57 kcal

Equipment

  • small sharp knife
  • chopping board
  • mixing spoon
  • frying pan
  • large rectangular baking dish

Ingredients
  

  • 25 g lard
  • 25 g flour
  • pint water or use a stock cube
  • 60 g cheddar
  • 15 g Grana Padano
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 50 g bacon
  • 400 g pasta

Instructions
 

  • First, put your pasta on to boil, and cook as per packet instructions
  • Make a roux with the lard and flour. Add the hot stock in about 4 goes.
  • Between each addition of stock stir the mixture until all the liquid incorporates into the flour and lard. (If you lift the pan off the heat and beat hard with a wooden spoon after the liquid is incorporated your sauce will be beautifully glossy).
  • By the time all the liquid is added you should have a sauce which will coat the back of a spoon. If not add more water or stock.
  • Stir in the mustard and most of the cheese. Leave a spoonful of cheese for the top.
  • Fry finely chopped bacon. Add cooked bacon to the sauce and season sauce with pepper and salt. Stir sauce into cooked pasta.
  • Put saucy pasta in baking dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Cook in oven at 180 degrees until there are nice brown crunchy bits on the top.

Notes

 
 
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