Eldest has started back at school, youngest is back at nursery, and normal service is slowly starting to resume in our house. After not much time for blogging during the school holidays, hopefully as the kids return to school, I will have more time to feature lots of new wonderful vegetarian recipes.
To kick off the new term, today I am featuring a Macaroni Cheese with a difference on the blog. I love homemade Macaroni Cheese. As a child I do have some disturbing memories of eating the canned variety, but fresh, homemade macaroni cheese makes a really delicious classic vegetarian meal.
As the kids are back at school, they need a decent meal when they return home. Although Macaroni Cheese can be a filling meal, I wanted to create a meal that was a bit more substantial than just macaroni, and so I decided to include some other ingredients in the Macaroni Cheese. To create a whole meal in one dish, I added some chopped, gently fried onion and garlic, and I also added some cooked vegetarian sausages which I grilled, and then cut into small pieces. If you are not a fan of using a meat substitute, as I know some people aren't, you could try adding onion, garlic, red or green peppers, courgettes or spring onions. Fry them gently beforehand so that they are part cooked, drain the oil and then add them to the mixture. You could also add a tin of beans or a tin of tomatoes to the macaroni cheese to make a more substantial meal.
I would typically also layer tomatoes on the top of a Macaroni Cheese, but eldest seems to have gone off tomatoes lately so we left these off. The kids and hubby really love having the sausages mixed into the Macaroni Cheese and this has become one of my favourite autumn meals. I would love to hear your thoughts on this dish if you decide to give it a try, or of course, you could just omit the sausages and onion and stick to the traditional recipe if you prefer!