Lunch time

Pasta and cheese

This is one of my favourites, really quick and easy, it’s my go to whenever I want something quick and cheesy. I have been making it since I was little and Mum could trust me in the kitchen. It was one of the first recipes I learnt. The good thing about this sauce is it’s very versatile and can be used for anything requiring a cheese sauce, for example lasagne – a great one to learn and keep in your arsenal. Give it a go and let me know what you think!


150g pasta – this can be whatever shape you want, I haven’t found a pasta this doesn’t work with.

25g butter or margarine

1 x tbs (tablespoon) flour – again can be any except cornflour

1 x tsp (teaspoon) mustard – again can be any, grainy mustard works well, and horseradish. I’m using 1/2 tsp mustard powder in this recipe as it has a stronger taste

150ml milk – I use skimmed but full fat will give you a creamier flavour.

100g grated cheese – I normally use cheddar, but I have a lot of Christmas cheeses left over so will be using Cheddar, Red Leicester, and Boursin


Firstly put a pan on to boil with plenty of water, and cook pasta according to pack instructions.

While that’s cooking heat a small pan and gently melt the butter. Once melted, add flour and mustard, and stir making a thick paste.


Keep stirring while adding the milk slowly until it starts looking like a thick sauce.


Once it looks like this add the rest of the milk, cook on a low heat and stir the sauce continually until the pasta is cooked (about 8 minutes. Cooking out the sauce will prevent it tasting floury). The sauce should now be thick and creamy looking.


Add all of the cheese to the sauce and stir until melted, then season to taste – do not add salt until you’ve added the cheese as cheese is very salty anyway. I find I don’t need to add any to this mix but I do add quite a lot of black pepper.


Quickly drain the pasta and then immediately add it to the sauce and give it a good stir. At this point you can put it into an oven proof dish, cover in bread crumbs and put it under the grill until golden. I am too impatient and will eat this as it is, delicious!


You can make this in advance for a delicious packed lunch – simply microwave for 2 mins with a splash of water, stir and enjoy (make sure food is piping hot before eating)

Serves 2

cal 451 – fat 8.8 – carbs 63.5 – protein 12.3

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