Blue Cheese, Pancetta and Leek Macaroni Cheese

Blue Cheese, Pancetta and Leek Macaroni Cheese

Yes, this is yet another take on the classic macaroni cheese, and I do not apologise for it. This rich and indulgent dish is the ultimate comfort food, especially for all the other blue cheese lovers out there like me. It's just a simple addition, but one which makes all the difference and adds so much to the classic. After all, we all deserve a little treat in the form of cheesy carby pasta every now and then.

Serves: 2 -3

Cooking time: 40 minutes


  • 200g Macaroni
  • 1 Leek
  • 100g Pancetta Cubes
  • 25g Butter
  • 1 Heaped tbsp Plain Flour
  • 500ml Milk
  • 75ml Cream (optional)
  • 1 tsp Wholegrain Mustard
  • Few Drops of Worcester Sauce
  • 75g Cheddar Cheese
  • 120g Blue Cheese
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ and put a saucepan of water onto boil with a little oil in.
  2. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook for 10 minutes until just harder than al dente. Drain and put to one side once ready.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pancetta on a high heat for ~5 mins until crisping up.
  4. Roughly cut the leek add to the pancetta with a little knob (~10g) of butter, turning down the heat for another 5 mins, seasoning generously.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside.
  6. To make the white sauce, return the frying pan to the heat and add the butter.
  7. Once the butter has melted, stir in the flour to make a roux.
  8. Gradually add the milk, continuing to mix, and keep adding the milk in increments until a smooth white sauce forms. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more milk.
  9. Add the Worcester sauce, cream and mustard to the sauce.
  10. Crumble the blue cheese, leaving a little aside for the top, and stir in the white sauce along with the cheddar, leeks, pancetta and pasta.
  11. Once all stirred through, transfer to a baking tin and top with the remaining blue cheese scattered over, along with a little cheddar mixed with breadcrumbs and black pepper.
  12. Place the macaroni cheese in the oven for 25 minutes, until a golden crisp top.

Serving Note: Serve immediately while piping hot with a large glass of Rioja, listening to Louis Armstrong.

Blue Cheese, Pancetta and Leek Macaroni Cheese

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