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Easy & Rich Macaroni Au Gratin

Easy & Rich Macaroni Au Gratin

You can make the béchamel sauce without any trouble since this macaroni au gratin is made by adding flour and milk into the sautéed ingredients. This gratin is so simple and yet amazingly tasty.

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

Macaroni
80-100 g
Onion (small)
1/2
Bacon
2-3 slices
Broccoli
8 florets
Milk (soy milk)
500 ml
Flour (cake flour)
3 tablespoons
Butter (or margarine)
3 tablespoons
Soup stock granules
1 teaspoon
Salt
to taste
Pepper
to taste
Grated or sliced cheese
as needed

Steps

1. Break up the broccoli into smaller florets. Slice the onion thinly, and chop the bacon into 1 cm wide strips.
2. Bring some water to a boil in a pot. Add some salt and cook the macaroni. Before the macaroni is fully cooked, add the broccoli and boil together. When fully cooked, transfer into a colander to drain.
3. Transfer the broccoli and macaroni into a bowl and drizzle over the oil. Shake in some salt and pepper, and then mix everything together.
4. Place the margarine or butter into a pan and sauté the bacon. Add the onion and sauté until soft.
5. Sprinkle the flour into the pan from Step 3 and cook everything well. Add the milk 1 ml at a time and mix thoroughly. Simmer over low heat until the mixture becomes thick.
6. Add the soup stock granules into the pan from Step 5, and season with salt.
7. Grease the macaroni dish with some margarine. Add the macaroni and also half of the sauce from Step 6. Mix well. Place the broccoli on top, and pour over the rest of the sauce.
8. Top with sliced or grated cheese, then bake in a toaster oven for 7-8 minutes.

Story Behind this Recipe

I use this recipe when I'm serving gratin to only a few people. This is my own variation of a recipe that I learned in my home economics class in high school. It's also great with some shimeji mushrooms mixed inside.
This recipe uses the minimum amount of macaroni - please add some more if desired.