Not calorie friendly I know, so I wouldn't recommend you eat this too regularly! This is my idea of comfort food heaven, & it's ridiculously easy cheese sauce means it really is no messin'!
Serves 4 (or 2 with leftovers) Approx £1.12 per person.
Prep 20 mins Cooking 20 mins
100g plain cream cheese
200g grated cheddar
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 slices smoked bacon, chopped
freshly ground black pepper
1tsp mustard (optional)-whatever you have, just remember English mustard is quite strong!
In a frying pan cook the onion in a little oil until soft, then the bacon until browned. Set aside.
Cook the macaroni following pack instructions. Reserve a cup of the cooking water, then drain.
Return the pasta to the pan on a low heat, add the cheeses & stir well until melted, then add enough of the pasta water to make the sauce nice & smooth but not too runny!
Season with a good grinding of black pepper, you won't need any salt as there is more than enough in the cheese & bacon!
Stir through the bacon & onions, then pour everything into an ovenproof dish.
Place in the oven at180C for about 20 minutes or until brown & bubbling on top.