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Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni pasta in our traditional creamy cheese sauce, topped with crispy bacon & ciabatta croutons.

Macaroni Cheese

What makes this dish different

We think Macaroni Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. To make this much-loved dish, we combine our favourite Barber’s vintage mature cheddar with Grano Padano and Regetta cheeses. Dry cured bacon, ciabatta breadcrumbs, rosemary and cracked black pepper add texture and flavour, and a little mozzarella gives that extra indulgence as you serve.

How to cook

This recipe is made with some raw ingredients and isn’t suitable for microwaving, so please follow these cooking instructions carefully.

Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 7. (Be careful not to grill by mistake!)Remove the film but leave the macaroni cheese in its wooden tray*. Place on a baking tray in the centre of the oven and cook for 30 minutes.If using a gas oven, cook for an extra 10 minutes.Leave to stand for 2 minutes before serving. Make sure it’s piping hot throughout.*Our wooden trays are designed for the oven, just make sure they don’t touch the element or gas flame.

If frozen, defrost thoroughly before cooking.

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Nutrition & Ingredients

 per 100gper 1/2 pack
Energy826Kj2767Kj
198Kcal663Kcal
Fat11.5g38.5g
(of which saturates)6.5g21.6g
Carbohydrate14.0g46.9g
(of which sugars)1.6g5.4g
Protein9.4g31.4g
Fibre0.6g1.9g
Salt0.78g2.6g

Milk, macaroni pasta (water, durum wheat semolina), Cheddar cheese (19%) (milk), water, cream (milk), mozzarella cheese (3%) (milk), white wine, bacon (pork, salt, preservatives: sodium nitrite*, antioxidant: ascorbic acid), ciabatta breadcrumbs (wheat flour (wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), sunflower oil, olive oil, yeast, salt, sea salt), Regato cheese (milk), butter (milk), wheat flour (wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), Grana Padano cheese (milk, preservative: lysozyme** (egg)), mustard powder, cornflour, salt, rapeseed oil, parsley, black pepper, ground nutmeg, white pepper, rosemary.

Secret ingredient: obsession.

*Don’t worry, this is part of the traditional curing method for bacon.
**Don’t worry this is traditionally used in Grana Padano cheese.

WARNING: Although we do our very best to take out all the bones, some may remain. Not suitable for vegetarians.

For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold May contain peanuts, nuts, sesame and soya.

We want our dishes to be as delicious as they can possibly be, so we review and improve our recipes regularly. For the latest info on any dish, please check the packaging.

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What our customers say

CB’s are some of the best ready meals I’ve tried, often as good as home cooking… the macaroni cheese I’ve just had is actually better than my own!

Alice

What our customers say

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Bighams The Best - Just eaten your Mexican Chilli and it was delicious. So tasty but not too spicy- just how we like it.

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Delish food. We have had a couple of Charlie's dishes, only found them recently namely the Paella (twice) which were thoroughly enjoyable and we thought good value for money

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Carol

Just eaten a Chicken & Mushroom Fresh Pastry Pie and it was just so tasty. Okay a bit pricey but at a different level to the lower price point pies. A really good balance of chicken, mushroom and brilliant sauce. The fresh pastry sets it apart too.

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Beverley

Best moussaka outside of Greece! How refreshing to have a moussaka that is solid and not sloppy, like most supermarket varieties! Really authentic flavours ... simply love it!

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Edna

Love the little crispy potatoes on top of the spicy chicken. Why on earth bother to go out to eat!! We make each of Charlies meals a special occasion.

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I am blown away. Truly restaurant quality. I really didn't think a ready meal could be so delicious. Perfection and you can tell they really take pride in what they do. Believe me, try one and you will see why! First class

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These steak and ale pies are the business, for supermarket products they can't be faulted, we've tried other Charlie Bighams products thoroughly enjoyed them all.

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Alice

CB’s are some of the best ready meals I’ve tried, often as good as home cooking… the macaroni cheese I’ve just had is actually better than my own!

Alice

Brian

Charlie's ready meals are the best I have ever eaten. The meatballs Al Forno are the best I have had outside of Florence and New York.

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Sue

Really enjoy your fish pies, lots of chunky pieces of fish in a very tasty sauce

Sue

I’m always looking for ways to make everything we do even better, so if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear what you think.

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