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Recipe  •  24 April 2023


Garlic mac & cheese

A flavourful fuss-free favourite, perfect for lunches.

When I think of mac & cheese, it reminds me of being in New York. This is a simple, fuss-free way to make it at home in one pot, saving time but never compromising on flavour. This is proper comfort food to fill you up on a cold winter night. I use low-fat butter as you might as well save on calories where you can! Mac & cheese puts a smile on everyone’s face.

serves: 4


  • 400g dried macaroni pasta
  • 725ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 130g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 100g low-fat butter
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • handful of breadcrumbs (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped chives, to garnish


1. Place all the ingredients, except the Parmesan and breadcrumbs, in the slow cooker, stir and season to taste. Cook on low for 1 hour 20 minutes. Stir well, add the Parmesan and a little extra milk if it needs loosening up, then cook for another 20-25 minutes.

2. If you like a crispy topping and you have an ovenproof slow cooker pot, sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top of the pasta and cook under a preheated grill until golden. Garnish with chopped chives.

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