This best-ever macaroni cheese is sure to be a family favourite.
375g elbow pasta
175g rindless shortcut bacon rashers, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
4 cups milk
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups coarse breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Step 1) Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet directions until tender. Drain. Transfer to a large heatproof bowl.
Step 2) Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan-forced.
Step 3) Cook bacon in a large non-stick saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes or until golden. Add garlic and onion. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until onion is soft. Add to pasta.
Step 4) Melt butter in same pan over medium heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring for 1 minute or until mixture is bubbling. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly for 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in 1/2 cup cheese and parsley. Add to pasta and bacon mixture. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 5) Spoon mixture into a 12 cup-capacity ovenproof dish. Top with tomato. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and remaining cheese. Drizzle with oil. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden. Stand 2 minutes. Serve.