Macaroni, Mushroom and Cheese Bake

I would say this macaroni and cheese recipe from Jamie Oliver is one of the swear-to-god-ly easy recipe ever invented. No bechamel sauce is needed. Look at the short and clean ingredients list, you only need that few things to come up with a gigantic, delicious and comforting dish.

My previous mac-n-cheese attempts were always dry, not cheesy and most importantly the leftovers did not reheat well.

The cheese and cream melt-together sauce in this recipe completely solves this problem. I didn’t 100% follow the original recipe, I omitted the cauliflower, added mushroom and I used gouda cheese instead of parmesan, and it didn’t taste half-bad.

Ingredients (serves 4 to 6):
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups sliced mushroom
1 teaspoon dried herb (thyme, basil or oregano)
1 lb macaroni
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated gouda cheese
1 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup breadcrumb

Heat pan with olive oil. Add mushroom and dried herb. Stir until mushroom is cooked. Set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook macaroni until al dente, not fully cooked. Drain in a colander. Reserve the pasta water.
In a sauce pan, gently melt the cheese with cream. Season with salt and pepper. Stir evenly until smooth.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Transfer macaroni to a greased baking dish, pour in the melted cheese, mushroom and 1/4 cup pasta water. Stir to a silky consistency.
Sprinkle breadcrumb on top.
Grill macaroni on top shelf until golden and bubbling, about 10 minutes.


  1. MMMMmmm I DIE. I love mac and cheese with all my heart and soul — I will have to try your recipe because Ive had the same problem of dealing with dry mac and cheese recipes… thanks for sharing!

  2. Loving the mushrooms – perfect to offset the cream and all those delicious cheeses sing to me. Gorgeous!

  3. YUM! I bet this would be nice with some morels or some other wild mushrooms.

    Looks great!

  4. Hi lululu…this looks delicious..thanks for sharing this…all my favourite ingredients in one dish :)

  5. I like that there's no bechamel sauce to mess with. I like the contrast that earthy mushrooms give to the creamy mac and cheese.

  6. sounds like a pretty darn good Mac & Cheese….have to admit I would rather not make a cream sauce first..
    thanks for sharing

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