Recipe: Smoky Mac 'n' Cheese In A Mug


Macaroni cheese is proper comfort food in our eyes. It just feels good! Until of course you scoff so much of the huge bake that you feel slightly ill. This version (amplified with bacon, parsley and garlic) creates the perfect portion for one.


  • 1 dollop full fat crème fraîche
  • 4 rashers smoked, streaky bacon
  • 100 g macaroni pasta
  • 50 g mature cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 small clove garlic
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

Preheat an oven to 200ºC.

cook the bacon

Step 2

Cook The Bacon

Lay the bacon on a tray and cook in the oven for 10 minutes until crispy.

cook the macaroni

Step 3

Cook The Macaroni

Heat a pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the macaroni in the simmering water for 10 minutes until just cooked.

grate the cheese

Step 4

Grate The Cheese

Grate the cheese.

blitz the bacon

Step 5

Blitz The Bacon

Blitz the cooked and crispy bacon up to a crumb along with the parsley and a clove of garlic.

drain the pasta

Step 6

Drain The Pasta

Drain the cooked pasta, return to the hot pan and stir in the grated cheese, crème fraîche and herby bacon crumb mixture.

spoon into a mug

Step 7

Spoon Into A Mug

Spoon it all into an oven-proof mug and finish with a little more cheese.


Step 8


Bake for 10 minutes in the oven and serve with a side of salad. Serves 2

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