Macaroni and garlic cheese
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5 from 1 vote

Garlic and herb macaroni cheese topped with spicy crumble

I do like a good mac ā€˜nā€™ cheese but I find it can be a bit samey if served on its own. To spice it up, we added a soft garlic and herb cheese to the sauce and topped with a spicy, cheesy crumble to give more variation, taste and texture to this classic family meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Pasta meals
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken and bacon mac n cheese, garlic mac and cheese, herby mac and cheese, macaroni cheese, spicy mac n cheese
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 486kcal
Author: Emily Leary



  • 500 g macaroni or spirali
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 ltr semi-skimmed milk
  • 150 g soft garlic and herb cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch sea salt to taste
  • 135 g white breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tbsp mild chilli powder
  • 100 g mature cheese finely grated


  • Boil the pasta in a large pan of salted water.
  • Meanwhile, heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan until the butter bubbles.
  • Turn down the heat and stir in the flour.
  • Slowly add the milk about 200ml at a time, stirring well until smooth before adding the rest.
  • Cook through, stirring occasionally until you can no longer taste the flour then season to taste.
  • When the pasta is al dente, drain and pour into a large roasting dish.
  • Pour over the sauce and stir.
  • In a bowl, mix the mature cheese, breadcrumbs and chilli powder, then sprinkle over the pasta evenly
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown on top.


This dish is also rather yummy cold, so would make a good dish for the buffet table. Enjoy!


Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 682IU | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 2mg