A delicious twist on traditional mac’n’cheese, a perfect quick dinner for any night of the week using melty Primula for an easy cheese sauce
Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togethers, and trying to get on top of work enough to be able to relax over the holidays!
Cooking healthy daily meals can be one of the first things to go out of the window when things are so hectic, and so rather than let that happen, I tend to stick to quick favourites to stay on top of it all! Batch cooking and simple recipes keep things in control, and many of my favourite meals are actually quick and easy to make.
One of the best things about winter is eating lovely, comforting winter-warmers, and I have teamed up with Primula to create a recipe that is not only the ultimate in satisfying comfort food, but that is also quick to make, uses very few ingredients, and is still healthy but completely delicious!
Primula is a fantastic ingredient to have in the fridge- it doesn’t go out of date quickly, and it can be a staple in so many different meals! Don’t have time to make white sauce for a lasagne? Just squeeze some Primula Original Cheese over the pasta sheets instead, it has fantastic meltability, and will cover the pasta just as well as a traditional white sauce!
There is a great variety in the Primula range, all of these are made of delicious cheese with real, tasty ingredients added (you can read more about what they offer on the Primula website). Primula is the only spreadable cheese to be made in the UK. Have a look at the different flavours on offer:
I’ve created a twist on original macaroni cheese that I think makes it ten times more delicious, and it’s completely fuss-free- it only takes 20 minutes from start to finish, it’s perfect to rustle up after a long day at work, or a busy day running around completing Christmas tasks!
For my smoky chicken and jalapeño macaroni cheese you will need:
You can find the full recipe and instructions below. Primula is perfect for mac’n’cheese because there is no need to pre-melt the cheese, or make any kind of sauce. All you need to do, is stir it straight from the tube into the hot pasta, and it will easily melt to cover the pasta perfectly. You can always loosen it up slightly with just a little of the pasta cooking water, which will keep it smooth and silky.
The simple flavours of the smoked paprika, and jalapeños give this a fantastic flavour, with no need for any further additions- it’s so simple to make you won’t believe how good it tastes! I have added a crisp, breadcrumb and parsley topping to this to give that extra bit of texture.
This post was written in collaboration with Primula. All images and words are my own.