With days getting brighter, introduce some more colour into your family’s cooking with these fresh spring time recipes from the UK’s Number One Parenting Author, Annabel Karmel.


  • 150g macaroni
  • 600 ml milk
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 75g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 75g Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 60g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 125g Mascarpone
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard

For the topping

  • 25g breadcrumbs (1 slice)
  • 20g grated parmesan


1. Cook the macaroni according to the packet instructions. Drain and rinse under a cold tap. Heat 500 ml milk until just boiling.

2. Mix the cornflour and remaining 100ml milk and whisk into the hot milk. Cook, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens and comes to the boil.

3. Whisk in grated cheeses until melted, then mascarpone and Dijon mustard. Stir in the cooked pasta and season to taste. Transfer to a baking dish. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and sprinkle over. Grill until golden.

  • Preparation: 20 minutes
  • Cooking: 20 minutes
  • Suitable for freezing
  • Makes 8 portions

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