Green Bean Mac 'n' Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp oil/butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 350g macaroni (or other pasta tubes)
  • 200g sliced runner beans
  • a handful of other greens - spinach/ kale/ broccoli.....
  • 140g mature cheddar, half chopped, half grated
  • 25g pumpkin seeds
  • peppery salad (such as rocket & watercress), to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the oil/ butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat, add the flour and stir well. Still stirring, slowly pour in a little of the milk and mix well until smooth. Add a little more milk, repeating until all the milk has been added and you have a smooth sauce. Stir in the nutmeg, season, then take off the heat while you cook the pasta.

  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the macaroni and boil for 8 mins. Add the runner beans and other greens, and boil for a further 3 mins.

  3. Drain the pasta and the beans, and tip into a large gratin dish. Pour over the prepared sauce and tuck the chopped cheese in among the pasta, then top with the grated cheese and pumpkin seeds. Bake for 10-15 mins or until the top is bubbling and golden. Serve with a peppery salad, if you like.

Vicky Skingley