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Cider Mac' & Cheese with Leeks

Serves 4
Time: 1 Hour

This wholesome Mac’ & Cheese recipe uses Thatchers Vintage and Wyke Farms Cheddar for even more flavour.

A perfect match.


350g Macaroni or other tubular pasta

1 Tblspn Vegetable oil

1 Leek,washed and diced

50g Wyke Farms salted Butter

35g Plain flour

200ml Thatchers Vintage

400ml Semi-skimmed Milk

1 Tspn English Mustard

250g Wyke Farms Extra Mature Cheddar Cheese, grated (save half for the topping)

Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

25g Fresh Breadcrumbs

Few Sprigs of Thyme





  1. Preheat the oven to  180C/Gas 6.
  2. Cook the macaroni in a pan of boiling water for 8-10 minutes, until just cooked. Drain and place into an oven proof dish.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and saute the leeks for 2-4 minutes until soft. Add the butter and stir until melted before adding the flour. Keep stirring until the mixture starts to bubble and then slowly add the cider followed by the milk. The mixture will start to thicken, so keep stirring until you have a smooth sauce.
  4. Add the mustard and half the cheese  and season with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the macaroni and stir together well.
  5. Sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and then the breadcrumbs and thyme.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden and bubbling and serve with a green salad.
Thatchers Vintage

Thatchers Vintage

Rich & Oak Aged

A traditional full flavoured cider with a softly rounded aroma.

Who says you don’t improve with age?

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