Mac and Cheese with Bell Pepper Crust Recipe

Mac and cheese with a crisp and crunchy bell pepper and breadcrumb crust
Mac and cheese with a crisp and crunchy bell pepper and breadcrumb crust

Mac and cheese, macaroni cheese or simply macaroni: whatever it may be known as, it has become a very popular creation in many different countries around the world. Mac and cheese is not difficult to make but sometimes it is nice to add something a little extra to it to give it a bit of variety and stop your enjoyment of it, if not the actual dish, becoming stale. This recipe sees a simple crust of cheese and breadcrumbs, infused with diced bell peppers, scattered over the top of the mac and cheese before it is browned and crisped in just a couple of minutes under the over head grill or broiler.

List of Ingredients

Dried macaroni pasta
Dried macaroni pasta

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • Yields: Two large or four small portions

Ingredients

  • 8oz dried macaroni pasta
  • 10 fl oz milk
  • 4oz cheddar cheese, grated - 2oz for sauce, 2oz for crust
  • 1oz butter
  • 1 tbsp plain/all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • ½ red bell pepper, de-seeded and diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, de-seeded and diced
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation and Cooking Instructions

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Preparing the cheese sauceMacaroni is stirred in to cheese sauceMac and cheese is poured in to serving platterCrisp and crunchy crust is preparedTopping is scattered over the mac and cheese
Preparing the cheese sauce
Preparing the cheese sauce
Macaroni is stirred in to cheese sauce
Macaroni is stirred in to cheese sauce
Mac and cheese is poured in to serving platter
Mac and cheese is poured in to serving platter
Crisp and crunchy crust is prepared
Crisp and crunchy crust is prepared
Topping is scattered over the mac and cheese
Topping is scattered over the mac and cheese
  1. The macaroni should be added to a pot of boiling, lightly salted water and simmered for ten minutes.
  2. Put the milk, 2oz of the cheese, the butter, flour and nutmeg in to a pot. Nutmeg is an excellent addition to cheese sauce, giving it a very welcome little extra spiciness. Bring to a gentle simmer stirring with a wooden spoon, until the butter and cheese is melted and the sauce starts to thicken. This will only take a few minutes.
  3. Drain the macaroni and pour it in to the sauce. Fold it through with the wooden spoon and pour the mix in to what will become your serving dish.
  4. Mix the breadcrumbs, remaining cheese and peppers in a bowl with seasoning. Scatter carefully and evenly over the mac and cheese.
  5. Heat under an overhead grill or broiler until the topping is crisp and golden and the cheese is melted.
Homemade mac and cheese with crisp and crunchy bell pepper crust is ready to serve
Homemade mac and cheese with crisp and crunchy bell pepper crust is ready to serve
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Serving Suggestion and Potential Recipe Variations

This mac and cheese recipes could of course be served on its own but it's delicious with some simple salad vegetables. In the instance below, it was served with fresh rocket leaves/arugula, tomato and sliced radish.

Looking to vary your recipe still further? For an incredibly easy variation, try using pasta shells or twirls instead of the macaroni.

Homemade mac and cheese with crispy bell pepper crust, tomato, radish and rocket/arugula
Homemade mac and cheese with crispy bell pepper crust, tomato, radish and rocket/arugula

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hello, Eileen and thanks. I hope it's something you get a chance to try sometime.


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Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

This looks delicious, voted up and pinned :D


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Kelley. I can definitely relate to trying to make dishes healthy. Unfortunately, sometimes there's only so far we can go along that road if the dish is still to work. Hope you can reach a compromise with this and enjoy what you come up with. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, WannaB Writer. You could do this simply in the oven but what you wouldn't get would be the same golden crispiness on top. Sure it would still be good, though!


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, medicaribbean. It's nice of you to say so. Good luck with trying this out and I hope you like it.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hope you enjoy it, urmilashukla. Thanks for stopping by.


kelleyward 4 years ago

This looks tasty. I've always had difficulty making mac n cheese because I try to make it healthy. I think baked mac n cheese needs the extra bread crumbs you suggested here to come out fantastic. Thanks! Kelley


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

Interesting variation. Unfortunately, I don't use my broiler on my gas stove. Sounds delicious, though. Peppers go very well with mac and cheese.


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medicaribbean 4 years ago from Caribbean

This is a very well written and visually appealing hub. Not to mention a yummy favorite of my whole family. Thank you for sharing your version. Am running up to my kitchen now and this this one. It is worth voting all the way up. Looking forward to read more delicious recipes from you.


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Best Mac and cheese recipe. I will try this. Voted up!

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