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Summer macaroni cheese

Summer macaroni cheese


A seasonal twist on a family favourite made with fresh veg and zingy lemon

  • Feeds 4 Feeds 4
  • Ready in 55 minutes

Each serving contains

  • Energy
    2616kj 623kcal
  • Fat
    High 30%
  • Saturates
    High 58%
  • Sugar
    Low 30%
  • Salt
    Low 30%

% of adult’s reference intake | Carbohydrates per serving : 79g


  • 150g Co-op British fresh broad beans
  • 300g macaroni
  • 150g Co-op British fresh peas
  • 30g Co-op unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp Co-op plain flour
  • 250ml Co-op semi-skimmed milk
  • 100g ricotta
  • 100g Co-op Irresistible Somerset vintage Cheddar, grated
  • 100g Co-op sun-drenched tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 courgette, grated
  • 1 slice crust-free white bread
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped


  1. Cook the broad beans in boiling water for 1 minute Drain, cool, then pop the beans from their shells
  2. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni in a large pan of boiling salted water for 6 mins, then add the peas and broad beans and cook for a further minute
  3. Drain, reserving a mugful of the cooking water, and put the pasta, peas and beans back into the pan
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6
  5. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter then stir in the flour and cook for 2 mins, stirring continuously
  6. Stir in the milk and reserved pasta water and cook for 5 mins, until thickened, then add the ricotta and Cheddar
  7. Mix well and stir until the cheese has melted
  8. Add the tomatoes, cayenne, lemon zest and grated courgette
  9. Season, pour over the pasta and peas, then mix well
  10. Tip the mixture into a large baking dish and spread into an even layer
  11. If you’re prepping ahead, leave to cool completely, cover with clingfilm and keep in the fridge for up to 2 days
  12. To prepare for baking, blitz the bread into breadcrumbs, then mix with the garlic and season
  13. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and bake in the oven for 20-25 mins, until bubbling and golden

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