Thomasina Miers’ recipe for wild garlic macaroni cheese

ild garlic is one of the more romantic foraged foods, with its pretty white flowers, lush leaves and predilection for lurking in shady woodland areas. Finding a crop on walks is always rather magical, and who doesn’t like free food? Whether you’re eating the leaves or the flowers, they need to be tempered by calmer ingredients. Macaroni cheese is a perfect vehicle, producing a meltingly green and cheesy pasta dish with a big waft of garlic. Bliss.

This is a great way to use up odds and ends of different cheeses – the more variety, the better the flavour.

예습 15 분
1 시간
봉사 6

500g macaroni
50g butter
, plus 20g extra for the crumbs
1 large onion, 껍질을 벗기고 잘게 썬다.
50g 일반 밀가루
ml 전유
80g wild garlic leaves
, washed and finely shredded
100지 gouda (or experiment with a mix of a good melting cheese and a blue)
150g Lincolnshire Poacher, or extra-mature cheddar
소금과 후추

For the breadcrumbs
2 엑스트라 버진 올리브 오일 큰술

1 large clove garlic, 껍질을 벗기고 짓 눌린
120g dried breadcrumbs
120g mix cheddar, blue cheese, parmesan or anything else you fancy, 강판
5-6 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
1-2 tsp smoked paprika

Bring a big pan of salted water to a boil, then cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, then run under cold water for a minute to cool and refresh.

오븐을 200C로 가열합니다. (180C 팬)/390F/가스 6. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat, add the onion and saute gently for eight to 10 의사록.

Add the flour, turn down the heat to medium and cook for three to four minutes, until a pale toasty colour. Slowly pour in the milk bit by bit, stirring vigorously between each addition to ensure it has been incorporated, until you have a smooth sauce. Add the wild garlic and cheese, stir until the cheese has melted, then taste and season.

그 동안에, fry the breadcrumbs. Put a frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the olive oil and 20g butter. 마늘을 넣어, cook for a minute, then add the crumbs and season. Fry, 활발한, for seven to eight minutes, until the crumbs are browned and turning crisp, then take off the heat and stir in the cheese, thyme and paprika.

Stir three-quarters of the cheese sauce into the macaroni, and pour into a large baking dish. Top with the remaining sauce, scatter the breadcrumbs all over and bake for 25-30 의사록, until golden and bubbling. Eat at once with a crisp salad.

Crisp pancetta or melted anchovies make an indulgent but delicious addition to the sauce. If wild garlic is hard to find, use bulb garlic instead and add some wilted spinach or kale for colour.

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